My biggest challenge is to help women in my community to overcome ignorance, which for some of them is the easiest way to unconsciously express incapability. Women represent a bit more than 50% of our community, but yet, their presence in leading positions and policy-making levels is absent, due to traditional hierarchical structures and also religious rules. But this can be changed through serious work towards integrating with men in leading groups, and it doesn't necessarily require challenging traditional or religious rules in the short term. All we need is to speak, to begin with the most basic level of using the words to let our presence be noticed, and this could be done using the web for example where we can start contributing our opinions, writings, articles, maybe also organize events and invite people to take part via virtual campaigns. Some other things that we can do among many others are: sharing personal experiences of web based learning, translate world data and statistics about women as agents of change and their achievements, launch forums for discussion and mutual learning, etc. PulseWire is one example of a community were people learn to overcome ignorance; Headlines of the stories published here can easily catch the eye, and when reading through it can easily catch the heart. We can always be motivated when we read about other women who are more or less similar to us, and they managed with their determination and hard work to reach their goals and bring change to where it's disparately needed.
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