The last few weeks have been so amazing. The amount of knowledge that I have amassed from reading stories of other women through pulseWire has been incredible. My life is full of stories, everywhere I go I just have the urge to write about something. Women are the most marginalized in society and it is through their stories being heard that they can be empowered. As women, we are endowed beyond measure yet many of the times, we do not realize how rich we are. How resourceful we are.

Many are the times I have pondered that I should have taken a journalism course. The logic behind this was that through journalism I could reach out to many people by sharing my stories. You can imagine my delight now that I know even without undertaking a journalism course I can still reach a wide audience thanks to Web 2.0!

What are these stories? Stories of women who wake up in the wee hours of morning every other day to go and sell their wares. They walk long kilometers to and from their houses to the nearest shopping centres.They risk their lives and their health so that they can put bread on table for their families. It’s the story of that woman whose baby was stolen while she was giving birth and she is yet to get her child back. It is the story of that woman whose child was arrested of false accusations and every day the poor mother waits for justice to prevail in vain. The beauty of all this is that women do not give up. Through Web 2.0 all these stories can be heard and inspire other souls around the world.

The enthusiasm that comes with web 2.0 for me is very evident. What thrills me most about web 2.0 is that I can share my stories and somebody will read them. That I will read stories from women all over the world and we will connect. Web 2.0 jells women together and from here, we are one formidable force. I do not need to have done journalism to tell the many stories that are already jam packed in my head. I do not need to travel all over the world.

Web 2.0 is like an international conference room where women from diverse backgrounds are gathered and therein they tell their stories in the best way they know how. It is through web 2.0 that the voice of the voiceless is heard. Web 2.0 gives us the power to speak without the fear of being victimized. It is an inspiring avenue, a tool that helps us address the ills affecting our society. What can I say? Web 2.0 is the way out in empowering women.

To paraphrase Marianne Williamson, our deepest fear(as women) is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’

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It is amazing and inspiring to see such wonderful ideas, that focus on women, to be utilized through the web through communication, exploration, and a sense of community. I am glad you are a women that places strength in solutions every time you open your computer.

Best, Carri Pence

Habari Gani Naitore!

I love how you realized that your dream to be a citizen journalist by participating in this wonderful global network of women via web 2.0. The power lies in the woman who shares her stories of unimaginable struggles and losses with hope there will be caring people who will listen and take action!

We are listening to YOU and appreciate your dedication and courage to share your stories as well as empower other women to do the same. As you stated, web 2.0 provides women from all over the world to participate in an international forum from their village, province, country and home -- a united nation of women!!! We are powerful beyond measures and Naitore, you can lead the way by telling your stories and be the vehicle for those women who are not able to do so.

Keep up the good work and continue to INSPIRE and EMPOWER women to share their stories! Asante Sana Dada Naitore.

I look forward to reading your other entries.

With Gratitude,

Linda "Riziki" Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Habari yako Linda!Niko salama salmini!!

Am delighted to hear from you and thanks for reading my story.

Its amazing how your comments have helped me,it really feels nice and inspired when someone tells you that they are listening.Thankyou soo much for listening.

Am sure we will keep connecting in this 'international conference' that Web 2.0 is!!!

Regards Naitore

Habari Yako Naitore!

Yes, I am listening with an open heart and loving spirit. I look forward to read more of your stories.

Keep up the good work!

With gratitude,

linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Dear Naitore, You are absolutely right - you do not need a journalism degree for your words to have the power to move mountains.

And you have that power, Naitore - a power that's a gift and a responsibility. The gift is the ability to transport the reader to the story you are writing. As I read your post, I felt as if I were there with you, seeing the things that you were seeing, hearing, and smelling, and feeling what you were talking about.

Now the responsibility comes with using this power wisely to change the world for the better. After reading your story - and those of the millions of women who speak through you - I know that your power is in good hands.

Peace,

Violeta

Dear Violeta,

Am glad to hear from you.I believe in us women and yeah though i never pursued journalism PulseWire and Web 2.0 has given me an opportunity to tell the world how incredible women are and the power of their voices.As you well put it;the power is in good hands.

Hi guys!!Thank you soo much for your encouraging words.It keeps me going.I totally believe that we as women we are a force to reckon with and there is nothing insurmountable.