Web 2.0 is Mightier than the Sword!

Saving Angel
Posted April 5, 2013 from Canada

The most rewarding thing about using Web 2.0, is the fact that it gives women worldwide the platform to connect, communicate and collaborate on the global discussion of women’s empowerment. By using these platforms we are further enabled to raise awareness, address cultural problems and find solutions to prevalent issues that negatively impact the growth of female empowerment.

The ability to connect with other women worldwide, become friends, communicate over mutual interests and collaborate in order to find resolutions to these issues, is such a huge asset to the global women’s empowerment movement. For example, recently I have become friends with Achieng Beatrice Nas, who is an advocate for women’s rights and empowerment in Uganda. Beatrice is not only using her skills and knowledge but she is utilizing Web 2.0 in its many facets as a means of promoting her Mentorship program – Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda. She is also a supporter of many other Organizations in Uganda such as Build Africa Uganda. For me Beatrice is one of the many women who represent the positive results of using Web 2.0.

There will be women coming from various educational backgrounds, who have been through a variety of experiences, and who have lived in a multitude of geographical/political and economical developments. As a result, the diversity of life experiences will provide a greater platform for global discussion on the overall issue; as we can tackle the issue from all of those stand points (geographical, political, economical, social, cultural, etc.).

It’s important that we remind ourselves, that as much as we are each victims, we are together survivors; and by using all of the available platforms more frequently, we can empower each other and promote the growth of the global women’s empowerment movement. For me, I see the gift of empowerment that these platforms provide me with on a daily basis. Every day I update my growing network of followers on various social media sites with events, articles, opinionated pieces etc. that are all relevant to the bigger issue of violence against women. I also share my opinion, ask questions and probe for greater conversation with my followers, as it is important to promote the use of these platforms for greater social empowerment. Saving Angel (my non-profit organization) is what it is because of various platforms that Web 2.0 has provided me with. These very platforms have shown me how the pen is truly mightier than the sword; and if we continue to remain persistent in connecting, communicating and collaborating as women and advocates for our protection and rights, then we can definitely promote our protection and rights, as well as the global women’s empowerment movement.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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Mukut
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

I love your spirit and keep up the good work.

Love,

Saving Angel
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

Thank you so much for your very kind and encouraging words Mukut! I would love to connect, communicate & collaborate with you in the future! I hope to come to India one day and offer my support and assistance to the Organizations down there and to advocates like yourself in the global mission to promote Women's Empowerment!

Much love & respect xoxoxoxo

Mukut
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

YES ! will be looking forward to that day. Please do come and it would be fantastic to work together with you.

Love and hugs,

Saving Angel
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

I will definitely let you know when I'm coming down! Hopefully I can meet you and maybe you can take me around to some of the shelters/organizations etc. I hope we can continue to communicate and become good friends! Web 2.0 version of Penpals lol!

I'm very excited and I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity to connect with you!

Aminah
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

That's a very important point. We are together survivors. Our stories of survival, when shared will encourage other people to connect and share theirs too. And hopefully through this process we can bring about the change that we want.

Yay to empowerment.

Regards Aminah

Saving Angel
Apr 05, 2013
Apr 05, 2013

I totally agree with you Aminah! Once we collaborate and share our stories collectively, we will be able to empower each other and achieve the change that we would like to see in the world!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Chrisitina
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013

victims turn survivors turn warriors! let's fight together!

Christina

Saving Angel
Apr 07, 2013
Apr 07, 2013

I totally agree with you! Warriors we will be!

Much love & respect!

awinkie
Apr 09, 2013
Apr 09, 2013

Great post here! I really enjoy your ending sentence, it has such strength and truth behind it.

"These very platforms have shown me how the pen is truly mightier than the sword; and if we continue to remain persistent in connecting, communicating and collaborating as women and advocates for our protection and rights, then we can definitely promote our protection and rights, as well as the global women’s empowerment movement."

Web 2.0 is a powerful tool and it is clear that you are utilization to bring change upon the world.

Saving Angel
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Thank you for enjoying my post & sharing such kind words!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Achieng Nas
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

I agree with you totally Saving Angel! There is no better platform to share our minds, connect with thousands of like minded, create meaningful friends, learn from other women and men around the world than using web 2.0. I encourage all women world wide to use this technology, my life and dream is never the same after a try. I look forward to following with your journals, Saving Angel!!! Thank you so much for following with me, find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RGCMUganda

Love and Respect!

Beatrice Achieng Nas Uganda

Saving Angel
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Thank you so much Beatrice for your kind words of encouragement and important reminders. You are so right - after using technology our lives will never be the same.

I look forward to reading more of your amazing pieces as well!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

amirchima
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

I loved how you pointed out finding solutions in your first paragraph. It is such a huge first step to share, but if after we share nothing happens, it loses it's power if no momentum to action occurs.

'As a result, the diversity of life experiences will provide a greater platform for global discussion on the overall issue' - so true because we have our own opinions, beliefs, cultures, etc. and it is important to have a more complete lens by including as many perspectives as we can.

'It’s important that we remind ourselves, that as much as we are each victims, we are together survivors' - very poetic and what we all need to remind ourselves of constantly.

I'm looking forward to your next assignment!

Saving Angel
Apr 10, 2013
Apr 10, 2013

Thank you so much for your support and kind words! You are correct - it is a huge step to start pointing out the possible solutions, but it also takes individuals like yourself and the many other amazing women and men on this website to continue pursuing these solutions until they become real and effective!

Thank you so much for your support! And I cant wait to receive some more of your feedback on my second assignment!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Gabisflanis
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Yes, I believe so. The Web 2.0 is an incredible opportunity for us to become not only bonded by our genre, but also by our dreams and feelings. Been in this virtual platform, words our major resources to become free, I couldn't agree more with your well stated phrase: the pen is truly mightier -- (we should add keyboard...touchscreen...haha), and hopefully will achieve its purpose of piercing obstacles to reach women across the world nations. Great article!

Saving Angel
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Yes I totally agree! It definitely does bring our dreams and feelings together! And of should definitely add the keyboard and touchscreen too!

Thank for sharing such wonderful and compassionate words!

Much love and respect xoxoxo

Jana Potter
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed your optimistic and encouraging post. I'm delighted to read that you have connected with Beatrice in Uganda. She is an amazing activist and motivator. The two of you have a great deal to offer each other. Your connection is a powerful example of the potential of Web 2.0. I love how you used the terms connecting, communicating and collaborating. Those words are a perfect way to characterize the potential of platforms like World Pulse to empower and protect. Keep writing! I look forward to hearing more from you..

Saving Angel
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

First of all, I just want to say thank you so much for reading my post and sharing such words of appreciation and encouragement! Beatrice is definitely a powerful advocate; I look at her as an inspiration! I think when I was writing this piece those three words came to my mind when attempting to define what World Pulse truly is; what it does for us as advocates, and how it helps us succeed.

Thank you once again for your encouragement; I look forward to your feedback in the future!

Much love & respect xoxoxo