I can hear the voices of my sisters. Voices from places I have only imagined, but have never been. My sisters are black, brown and white. They are tall, short, strong and passionate. They are questioning. They are the truth tellers. They share the raw story. They do not filter for political correctness. They do not second guess sharing because of business relationships. They speak the words. I hear for the first time through Web 2.0

My sister’s voices are sometimes soft as they speak of heroes. They speak of the strength and beauty of souls that have sacrificed to uplift the people they believe in. They tell stories of sacrificed time for education of their children. Some tell stories of lives sacrificed in hopes of bringing a better life for future generations.

Sometimes their voices are full of questions. Questions that plague the human soul. How does injustice and peace cohabitate? How can some prosper while others basic needs go unmet? How can violence go unchallenged; why does suffering continue in civilized societies? Can we still be judging people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character?

Sometimes my sister’s voices rage like a loin. They speak out for the weak child who has her eyes plucked out for monetary gain. Through their stories I get to know the girls forced to offer the precious gift of love to men that offer no respect or care in return. I weep as I hear of the miss-treated mentally ill prisoner hung as the guards watched. I can hear their voices rise in righteous anger.

I have never met them – these women that live in my world. They do not ask anything of me except to hear them. But, these questions challenge me. Challenge me to think, give, and face what is sometimes unimaginable.

I have found a community where we can finally speak uncensored. Web 2.0 brings these previously unheard voices to my ears. I am thankful for the medium that allows me to hear - to hear for the first time the voices of my sisters.

Take action! This post was submitted in response to Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0.

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Dear Renee,

Thanks for this beautiful post. If possible, can you share something more about your experiences/observations with the girls that you've mentioned above.

Continue the lovely writing.

Cheers, Pushpa

Hi there Renee,

Your post is wonderful! It's beautifully written and you have a very strong, expressive voice. I think that we can all relate to the experience of those voices, I've definitely found myself speaking in each one!

Great job, I very much look forward to reading more from you in the future!

Laura

I really enjoyed reading your post, Renee. It is evocative and demonstrates your commitment to deeply listen to "the voices of your sisters" and to create a space free of censorship.

Your piece effectively underscores the vital need for a forum such as Web 2.0 to discuss the philosophical tensions you so eloquently describe, to raise awareness and ultimately, to grant a voice to your "sisters". I particularly enjoyed the following phrase: "[These questions] challenge me to think, give and face what is sometimes unimaginable". I would encourage you to expand on this point by identifying potential solutions to the important issues you've touched upon.

Great work!

Catherine

Renee- Thank you for reminding us of the importance to listen and hear. Sometimes we/I get so caught up in speaking that I forget to just listen...or forget the immense value in just hearing what someone is saying.

Cant wait to read more!

Renee- Thank you for reminding us of the importance to listen and hear. Sometimes we/I get so caught up in speaking that I forget to just listen...or forget the immense value in just hearing what someone is saying.

Cant wait to read more!

Renee,

I loved your post. I think your passage captures the possibilities of this project. Though you and I may come from a country where women have more rights than in other countries, I think you express exactly how we feel - we may not be experiencing the injustice firsthand but we still feel that it is our duty to do something about it and empower those who are raising their voice and courageously challenging the status quo. Nicely done.