Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.
There are three characteristics of Web 2.0 that most excites me about it. Firstly, we can easily share our ideas, facts, and issues with others through Web 2.0. Another characteristic is that after sharing an issue, we can get several effective feedbacks, and we can also comment on others’ issues. Lastly is that by sharing and getting feedbacks and solutions from others in Web 2.0, we can easily set up our goals, and try to approach them by joining those who also have the same goals like us, as one example is given about Araceli and Lindy from whom one was concerned about the health situation in her country and the second was eager to work for health issues, so they both shared their goals in PulseWire, and after sharing and exchanging feedbacks they got together to initiate their goals. Women’s movements are basically the kinds of gathering in order to empower women and solve different issues that are related to women through the globe. As a movement can never be done by individuals, it indeed needs a group of people who are eagerly trying to change women’s situation. This opportunity, creating a group where everyone has the aim to empower women, is available in Web 2.0, as it basically helps women all over the world to get together, and share what they want and how they can effectively improve women’s situation in future. Another main point by which women are getting empowered through Web 2.0 is that by writing, sharing, and gaining knowledge about others, women get more courage to step forth for their goals. Because Web 2.0 is a communal place, the more they share, the more they get experience and courage, so Web 2.0 is empowering women through encouraging and giving them the feeling of not being isolated anymore. Before joining the WorldPulse, I was not utterly able to share my ideas with others, because I was wondering whether my ideas are correct, whether or not they reflect on others, or whether others would be interested in them or not. By joining the WorldPulse, I have been empowered to share my ideas through writing effectively even if I am not a native speaker. I have the courage to take challenges and approach for what I mostly want. As a result, now I have the complete potentiality and courage to compete with over 550 women across the globe to get the opportunity that Web 2.0 provides us. Moreover, by having access to Web 2.0, I can get the general idea of how the situation of women in all over the world is. As an instance, by reading the article, A Future without Female Genital Mutilation, by Halima Rahman, it was my first time to know about the existence of female genital mutilation in Sudan. This made me think whether there are also other countries that carry out these kinds of actions. Finally, Web 2.0 empowers me to know more about things in all over the world, and get the ability to ask questions of how and why things are happening.