I am excited that the increasing access to communications technology, new media and citizen journalism, will provides me with a historical opportunity to promote my voice, strengthen collaboration, and accelerate the exchange of working models for women’s empowerment and solutions to global challenges.
It is ridiculous to note that women hold only 15% of global decision-making positions; about 16% of global news stories focus on women related issues; and less than 1% of the top positions in global media are held by women and about48% of all news stories reinforces gender stereotypes and only 19% of experts cited in global news stories are women.
The responsibility falls on generation of grassroots’ women leaders like me who need to connect with other leaders to share their experiences and bring our stories, needs and solutions to the forefront of global awareness.
In solving global problems of discrimination against women, I love to talk on women’s political participation and gender-based violence especially in a developing country like Nigeria where little or no respect is given to the women fold.
The web 2.0‘s unique opportunity for new media, social media, and social networking offers a great opportunity for citizen journalist like myself.
Web 2.0 will allow me to meet new people and new friends and offer me the opportunity to be part of a global family. I will be able to express myself across the continents and cultural barriers by reporting on issues that are important to women silenced or isolated women reported issues.
With the New Media, I don’t have to wait for traditional media products like magazines, newspapers, radio shows and television programs to tell my story. I will be able to have an input in the media content to be created, edited, published, and distributed. By working online, I can introduce my projects, ideas, and solutions to a global audience and make connections that can support and invigorate my offline work.
Unlike the traditional print media where I must submit an article to an editorial team to have it published, a citizen journalist who is empowered with new media tools can become the writer, editor, publisher, and distributor. Citizen journalists can create a global network of supporters by using online social networking communities such as: Blog, Facebook, These tools can be used to start global conversations; and free online software like YouTube which can be used to edit and distribute videos on the events happening in your community.
The benefit of social networking is that I can get feedback, share ideas, keep people up-to-date on my projects, and organize a gathering or action in your community
I can as well write about my own life, make friends i have never met, upload photos, and engage in dialogue about things that are important to me.
Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.