1. It’s a means of communicating and linking that has limited limitations. One only has to have access to internet to use it. There is high level networking between women and girls and people of all walks of life and more interesting the way what affects women seems to be universal across nations and time. Women are able to chat, discuss, get social support raise funds and ideas for improvement through the Web.2.0 The web is able to elicit emotional and passionate support as I the case of the breast ironing that have raised concern beyond country of origin but internationally by the women movement and other advocates
  2. a lot of useful information is shared and helps the advocacy efforts against societal ills and ensures that there is continuous debate on these ill. The web 2.0 can facilitate virtual coordination of programmes and projects; one doesn’t have to be in a place to coordinate as seen in the Egypt case. Shared vision is possible and whether losses and gains can be collectively shared by network members the web 2.0 helps create a virtual family , shared stories and passions over issues affecting people of different races and a feeling that there are others who have overcome helps to calm women and girls and face the challenges astutely It helps people to improve on their writing and discussion skills through continuous interaction between and across topics, self awareness and peer assist mechanism is enhanced. Women can monitor their achievements form the responses and feedback from the networks the web 2.0 has a monitor and lens to follow government and other actors obligations to implement their roles in as far as women needs are concerned, particularly in addressing gender based violence
  3. on a personal front I have been empowered to write what I have always wanted to share but never did, I have been good at procrastinating and thinking of visiting media houses for air space in audio visual media or space to write articles in print media. The other option has been to visit private sector to secure sponsorship to air issues. Now I know I can use another space that is completely free and accessible to me at minimal cost I have been able to share and network with fellow applicants and share in their pain and feel a part of the family. This gives me more energy to move the agenda further. Sometimes even today before I went to a meeting on furthering combination HIV prevention I was feeling frustrated about HIV response and how political leaders have killed the drive to reduce HIV incidence and prevalence in Uganda but a realization that I can share with a whole team who are willing to listen and act upon the advocacy issues locally or globally gives me more energy to continue doing what I can do best that is to continue sharing and talking until someone in position of power can respond.

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Dear flaviakyomukama:

You packed so much information into this article, and still found room to include a personal story - well done! I liked the way in which you spoke about both the personal and the societal impacts of being able to learn and share, and how World Pulse has encouraged and inspired you to write. I subscribe to several blogs on which women talk both about their work and their feelings and personal explorations, and I find it is very helpful to me personally when women do this - so they are not just being 'technocrats' and talking only about a subject, but also sharing personally. It makes me feel that I too am a part of their 'family' - the virtual one, made possible by the internet. I wish you strength and power in your work to address HIV/AIDS issues in Uganda. You might get some inspiration from the work of the Huairou Commission AIDS campaign - see http://www.huairou.org/aids A great deal of their focus has been on finding ways for women to act powerfully in addressing HIV/AIDS, through recognizing the role of home-based caregivers, through Local to Local Dialogues, and through community mapping. This is how they describe what they do: "The Huairou Commission AIDS Campaign bridges the gap between what is happening in communities and what happens at the policy level, by ensuring that grassroots women who are leading the fight against AIDS in their communities are represented in decision-making spaces. Women's Home based caregiving groups provide a holistic response to HIV/AIDS, addressing issues such as access to basic services, land rights, housing conditions and food security. The Campaign promotes an AIDS response that fully and meaningfully recognizes, integrates and builds upon the development contributions of these home-based caregivers."

Best wishes, Rosemary

My favorite part of your piece was when you wrote "web 2.0 helps create a virtual family , shared stories and passions over issues affecting people of different races and a feeling that there are others who have overcome helps to calm women and girls and face the challenges astutely".

I too feel like we can connect with others in a meaningful way and create new family connections as sisters around the world.

Cheers, Anna