I live for the web. I call my laptop, “My lappy” and my “best friend.” I have ‘real’ friends, it’s just that like most people these days, I spend most of my time on the web. The web enables me to organise and conduct my work, learn, be inspired, network, pursue leisure activities, and even hang out with friends. Whenever my laptop stalls or goes “technologically crazy,” like an overbearing mother, I fuss and fret about it until order is restored. I’m one of those people when I see the rainbow wheel spinning on my Mac, I have to press buttons, even though I know this will only delay normal function.

As a writer, the web for me generates excitement. At night I reluctantly shut down, and when I do, my last thoughts are, 'What will tomorrow bring,' and 'how my day must be organised?' In the morning, I reach for my laptop before a toothbrush, hairbrush, and even breakfast...that’s how excited I get! But what really inspires me about Web 2.0 is the possibilities it brings in a world where it feels like our sense of community is eroding, and yet Mother Earth’s population is bursting at the seams. The traditional community of the past is gradually being substituted with the new online community. The plus side is that it offers global interaction, information, news, and opportunities all in real-time.

For the global women’s empowerment movement, Web 2.0 has two main functions: it exposes local, national, and international concerns that might have otherwise been unaccessible. Then shared resources and collaborations from people across the web, address innovative solutions to those issues. My mother, and other strong women in my life always taught me, ‘knowledge is power,’ and so I embrace the web with open arms. Today, access to the web, and the knowledge of how to use it, brings power. This “Global Village” of ‘collective intelligence’ is a fertile breeding ground for self-expression, collaborations, and creativity to reach new levels.

For many women, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds, the web creates a powerful space for expression.

Do not underestimate the power of women, because when our voices are heard, we can rule the world! Through shared experiences women become educated, liberated, and empowered to elicit social change in their community. As I write this, my mind conjures images of female leaders such as Beyoncé, Margaret Thatcher, Aung San Suu Kyi (The Burmese Pro-democracy Leader), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Managing Director of the World Bank), to name a few. As women tap into the power of the web, we can create a positive legacy that will inspire the next generation of women and female leaders.

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The world has been turned into a global village thanks to Web 2.0. Its awesome how the web has made it easy for us to interact and make friendships that last lifetimes.

Phionah Musumba Founder/Executive Director Malkia Foundation & Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya P.O Box 9461 - 00300, Nairobi, Kenya Facebook: Phionah Musumba Twitter: @KenyaGals LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

Hi Phy,

Thank you for your comment. It IS a global village, and with positive connections and shared experiences, we can transcend barriers and reach out to women across the world. I love other cultures, and I'm glad we have become friends through the power of the web, and the World Pulse influence :)

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Dear Lortoria,

Yes its a powerful space for expression. and i wish that this space should expand and reach its hands to the unreached.

Good piece dear. Keep sharing

Merlin James

Very well said Lortoria. Shared experiences is what is important. The moment one realizes she or even he is not alone in the dilemma, that there are other who have faced similar issues the person oppressed gets some comfort. That person gets confidence and hope when he or she hears that some other person or group of people who had the same issue was able to overcome it. We need to keep this wheel turning so that knowledge is shared, and that we reach under represented or disadvantage people too.

Regards Aminah

Salaam Aminah

I enjoyed reading your journal and personally I understand how it feels when my computer starts stalling laughs it makes me impatient!

Well done as you help those who may not have access to the privileges you enjoy in a first world country.

Warm regards, Vweta.

"Working towards a just and equitable world for all persons, without recourse to status."

Hi Vweta,

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to generate some humour in the post because the topic is so broad, and at some point we all have similar experiences to share of Web 2.0 and its technology.

Thank you. I will continue in my best efforts to help others, and in the meantime will check out your blog.

Best wishes,

Lortoria

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I can connect so much to your write-up especially 'Whenever my laptop stalls or goes “technologically crazy”--like an overbearing mother, I fuss and fret about it until order is restored'.......laughs......

You nailed it on women empowerment

Looking forward to more from you

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Hi Ola,

Thanks for commenting on my post, I'm glad you like it. I love your positive attitude and I feel the same way about pursuing my dreams. By lifting one's expectations, you can achieve what to some seems impossible. I look forward to connecting more in the future.

Warm regards,

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Lortoria,

I can certainly commiserate with your experience of feeling "technologically crazy"! I love staying linked with my sisters on the web and staying on top of the amazing opportunities that Web 2.0 offers us. I look forward to reading more of your pieces.

Dear Lortoria

What a cool piece of writing!

Thank you for writing about Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. I looked up her biography and was in awe of her achievements - more sharing of female success stories will only serve to lift us further. Your comment about getting power through knowledge is so apt "Today, access to the web, and the knowledge of how to use it, brings power." Let your writing continue to bring power to your voice and the voices of other women!

Asha

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Hi Asha,

Oh my goodness! I am truly blushing, I didn't expect to make that sort of impact when I wrote this. Ngozi had to be mentioned. Her achievements are an inspiration to us all, and I was certainly in awe when I read about her, but these are the types of females who are so often overlooked. The comment you have quoted me on, brings further reaffirmation to what we both did--checked out inspiring female leaders, and then shared that knowledge.

Thank you, such a kind thing to say.

Best wishes,

Lortoria McDonald

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