The information super higway has evolved by leaps and bounds giving rise to opporrtunities which have inevitably brought the world to a click. Internet most especially web 2.0 on which digital media, social media and social networking happen have stopped at nothing to make people especially women find ways of connecting , supporting ,sharing with and mentoring each other. What thrills me most about web 2.0 is the invaluable offer of being able to post information written by me and which reflects my local and personal realities. Social networks like Hi5,facebook,twitter enable me voice my opinions and the opinions of many other women with whom I work. It gives me a sense of fulfillment as I am not under any obligation to follow any editorial policy. It is also exciting to be able to share my experiences with or without a training or career in journalism. As a journalist by profession who is into community work, it is an avenue to maintain and improve my writing skills through continuos writing and feedback. This Citizen Journalist opportunity is one of such offers which makes me marvel at the wonders of web 2.0. The web 2.0 platform delights me because it brings the world within my grasp. I learned about Voices of our Future program from Peace and Collaborative Development Network which is a digital media site used for professional enhancement opportunities. These blood stirring aspects of web 2.0 can be used as solutions to global women empowerment movements. With the arrival of web 2.0, from the comfort of homes or cyber cafes, women continuously reach out to one another through chats, blogpost or tweets with an option to read or send material in any language of their choice. Also, blogs have brought together women with a common vision thereby pooling moral,professional and sometimes financial support for the benefit of all women irrespective of race,color,religion or sexual orientation. Distance or language is no barrier.These strong virtual communities have given rise to women leaders who have changed their communities with the support of fellow women online.An important part of women empowerment is mentorship of women changemakers. Programs like World pulse, Acumen Online Leadership essentials which are part of web 2.0 play a vital role in shaping the lives and works of these female globe shakers. The web 2.0 platform tools have been and continue to be empowering to me on a personal and professional level. Personally, digital media helps shape my personality. Leadership courses like Acumen Online Leadership Essentials have given my attitude a new positive twist. Facebook empowers me in that I am able to share my opinion and get ideas and suggestions with facebook friends. It also brings me closer to people with similar visions and keeps me informed on recent happenings. Professionally, web 2.0 links me to people in thesame field through facebook groups, yahoogroups and even World Pulse online community. All in all, with a click, I am heard and I hear others.

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I quite like how you have highlighter the power of web 2.0 spaces and groups like World Pulse. There are many such groups out there and through this online platform we are able to connect and create a loud bang. the constant buzz we create brings our issues to the forefront of discussion and yes, the opportunity to be mentored or chaperone by emancipated women, helps us emancipate and liberate ourselves.

All the best to you.

Regards, Aminah

Salaam Aminah

Hi Almighty, I am impressed the way you clearly brought out web 2.0 at depth. Making me think that you are well informed on what you were writing about and ready to explore the opportunity that comes with it. This a way to go.

Wishing you the best, Flavia

Dear Almighty,

It was a delight to read your essay on Web 2.0. It is obvious you enjoy what you do and how you do it (being a journalist, using digital media) and you appear to be very good at it. I read your profile and was even more impressed with your work on contraception, thank you for doing that.

I am confident that you do - and will continue to - use social media and web 2.0 to create a better world. I am grateful that you have this passion, this knowledge, and the wonderful energy that you do! It inspires hope for the future.

In peace, Beverly

Dear Almighty,

Thanks very much for sharing your essay on Web 2.0. It was a pleasure to read and you bring up some interesting and important points regarding the power of Web 2.0. I particularly appreciate you highlighting how Web 2.0 can reflect women's "local and personal realities," and also how Web 2.0 can bring the world to women with just one click. Emphasizing both the individual and personal dimension, as well as the community, connecting aspect, is really wonderful. I would be very interested to learn more about your own experiences with Web 2.0, especially as a journalist yourself!

Again, many thanks for sharing.

Best, Courtney

Yes, you've got it! It's wonderful to hear how you're using the power of web technology to change your world. With a click you're speaking out, you're learning, you're connecting. I love it!

Thank you for being here with us and speaking your mind. I look forward to reading more from you.

Scott Beck

Hello Aminah,Flavia and Beverly, thanks for your encouragement. I really hope to learn as much and get all the mentorship I can get on this forum. My only regret is that I had not come accross World Pulse earlier. Your comments keep me going.


Dear Courtney, I am happy with your analysis of my web 2.0 essay. As a journalist, my experiences with web 2.0 have been more on social networks like facebook where I put up news articles and comment on articles by others.I recognise the strength of web 2.0 in journalism especially in our IT age. I hope to start a blog of my own sometime soon. Thanks again and please keep the comments and analysis coming. I look forward to hearing from you again.


Dear Scott,

I hope to learn and connect as much as possible. I look forward to all the mentorship I can get here. I'll keep writing in the hope that it may impact the world positively.

Please keep reading and commenting on the write ups.