I am sitting at the far end corner of my room. My children are sleeping a hand away on our bed & if I shift my chair twice I can open the door, see my bathroom and four steps away from my chair I can switch on the TV and watch what the world is watching. Although I’ve watched TV from the battery induced age, well since I was ten none of the TV programmes has ever given me an opportunity to collaborate, none of them has ever provided a resolution or think collectively with me although some programmes mean no harm, they do come with considerate promises but are not sympathetic enough to induce action I could take to ensure a missing child gets home and an abused mother leaves her husband. These programmes don’t bring audiences together; they leave them with more questions so that tomorrow we can watch again to see what happens next. In fact, they say “stay tuned for scenes from our next episode”.

It is exciting to know that with Web 2.0 I can go online, invite and be invited and share my thoughts and most of all learn from others who are thousands miles away from me.

It’s the same with the radio programmes, they can only accept so many screened callers & if they are not articulate enough they are not good enough to go through. There’s a sense of false emergency and immediacy but only if it fits the station’s tag line and political support. The friendships I create online is not based on the target market or the colour of my skin for Business Economic Empowerment or how much I earn but it is based on a need to be heard and a need to communicate with others.

Newspapers are great but like their cousins, TV and Radio if it is not news, it is not worth their editorial. They will cover protests and the president’s visits and cover abuse during the 16 days Of Activism Against Gender Campaign and only then will my story be told. Web 2.0 collapses these mediums in an amazing way. I can reach out, I can get support and and I can participate. I am already empowered. Halema Mohamed wrote about her experiences a year and a month ago but when I read her story, it was still fresh for me. Jade wrote her tips on tagging in November 2009 but after reading the result was visible. Is it the case with TV, Radio and the Newspaper? It’s up to you to decide.

I could have chosen to share my story of being a recovering abused single parent with two amazing children living on a tiny room that transforms into a bedroom at night, a study all day long, a lounge and bathing area on Facebook or Twitter or Blogster but I chose World Pulse because I can participate and I believe that one day I’ll be empowered enough to translate it to others.

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

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Your writing is so beautiful, your voice is so captivating. I am glad you have chosen World Pulse to share your thoughts, your vision... your dreams.

Thank you for being here, and for capturing the magic of Web 2.0... that we can all come together as we are, and unite to change media, change our world, change our own lives as we connect and grow. Yes!

We are ready for your voice, your stories, your vision of a world that nurtures your children. Together we'll achieve great things... I'm sure.

Great work! Scott

Scott Beck

Mr. Beck, your support is encouraging and gives me so much responsibility to care for others as well as myself. It's no longer about me but after the journal I have realized that until I puke out all the pains, the underprivileged mentality, the chains associated with being a woman I am constantly going to write "I" this and "I" that. I don't want to write like that but at the moment, each time I put my fingers on the keyboard the first word that comes is "I". Some fascinating voices here have "her" and "them" and I'm not sure as to how long I will start searching for answers for "us", woman, children, young people and the whole community. How do you suggest I stop perpetuating the "I" syndrome? So far, I am allowing the "I" voice to share with the hope of uniting and changing others who might have gone through the same situation.

Thanks ever so much for taking this journey with me together with all the World Pulse team. Wounds heal faster when you are told of things you lost somewhere in life. I can't thank you enough.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

Hi Ruzani

I read about you just now, i read for a while and with what you are sharing with us am so blessed and encouraged my dear,you love peace i love i too, you hate poverty, i hate it too,transforming thoughts into actions sometimes my dear in this world can be so difficult but i believe with the help of World Pulse we will reach there nothing is impossible, kip the spirit up and be encouraged the more to see your dreams and your challenges get erradicated,yaa poverty is a curse its true,but we ought to know sometimes that there is a supreme being above us who cares for all our cares, we need to pray and cast all our cares upon for he cares, for God will give us what we ask even for this web site which has connected us, lets pray for it, so that women will be educated to live free lives without any oppression in any way.Ruzani i believe one day i will share the story of my life with this community and i believe our needs will be met as we mingle with others on the net.

Thank you for sharing Ru!!!!!!!!!

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Hello Warona,

Thank you for giving me that hope and for confirming that indeed this community I've been introduced to is action - orientated and that one day too, I will be able to achieve my dreams as a woman. I am looking forward to hearing your story too, it took me a while to finally find the courage to share without feeling I will be judged and when that feelings happen to you, I will be there with you all the way. Be strong, help yourself for in doing so you will carve a greater niche for your community. It's start with you and with the support here, things will get better and we will create a better community for us women and our different countries.

Thanks,

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

Hello there, You are welcome my dear.

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

I wish that I have the time to read every single entry in Pulsewire. Some of them are very nice and educational. I was drawn to yours by the first sentences and clicked onto the title to read more. Your writing style is so easy to read and I really enjoyed the way that you expressed yourself. I will look out for more of your entries. Very nicely written!

Noreen

Your voice resonates my love, I think we have connected somewhere, spiritually or emotionally.....hmmmmnnn. I can hear you loud and clear!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

This connection you are voicing out is the same connection I feel each time I read the World Pulse voices. I drink and eat emotionally and it feels really great.

Thank you so much Mama.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

Dear Rudzanimbilu, I love your piece, beautifully written and so captivating ,your descriptive writing prowess... How are your children today? I'm glad you have your life back.

Loads of love Temidayo

Shalom.

Dear Rudzanimbilu, thank you for your contribution. It was really inspiring to read through your paragraph and it gave me an insight into your thoughts and dreams. Thank you for letting me enter a little bit into your life and letting me be part of it. I wish you all the best for this journey and that we can go this path together and have more opportunity to read from each other. Thank you for empowering me and many other members of the community with your words. Eliana

Eliana

Wow! Thank you for writing a beautiful, captivating, thought provoking, touching piece here for the community! You captured my heart in an instant. Keep writing and I will watch for you as you move forward. Know that I am listening.. Beautiful Children with an Amazing Mother!

In Kindness,

Gretchen

I was completely blown away reading your piece. I felt completely connected to your story. That is what it takes and you are well on your way. I can't wait to read you next piece. Love, Coach Marcie

Best, Marcie

Thanks for sharing your voice, it is amazing to connect with you as a Pulser. Your story is an eye opener and its great that you see the positives instead of focusing on the negatives, your well on your way my dear

Ciao Naomie

Hi Rudzanimbilu!

Thank you so much for writing such beautiful words. You are so eloquent and convey powerful emotions from those that read your writings.

You are inspiring and I hope that you continue to participate in the World Pulse community so that others may be able to gain strength and courage from your voice.

Kind Regards, Vanessa

I have found my voice through your voices. My prayer is that all the women all over the world are given an opportunity to experience what I did here at World Pulse. It's a great feeling and I feel revived as a human being and a woman.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

It's wonderful how you made the powers of Web 2.0 come alive without even mentioning the term a lot, but by juxtaposing it against the limitations of traditional media. You write truthfully and beautifully, Rudzanimbilu. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanette

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin