As I anxiously wait to join the rest of the world in marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence(GBV) from 25 November 2010 to 10 December 2010 whose regional theme is "Engaging Faith-based Communities to Prevent Violence against Women" focusing on how our faiths and faith-based communities can (and should!) get involved in preventing violence against women, I can’t help think of the millions of mothers, sisters, Aunties and nieces who have been violated yet still remain helpless and silent despite the growing opportunities and improved technology which can help them break the silence through sharing and reporting.
According to a Ugandan psychologist Paul Nyende violence ranges from Physical, Emotional, Economic and financial. In physical abuse, usually physical force against someone is used meaning that sexual abuse fits in this. A signs of this, is being viewed as a sex object or property rather than a human being. Whereas in emotional abuse, the abuser attacks the...
Digital natives WITHOUT a cause
Look at this scenario a young man or a lady picks his phone and logs in to the face book and types on his wall “ damn shit” another one comments on his wall “ who is damn and what the hell with shit?” a conversion starts across his peers and friends and (s)he has over one hundred comments and likes but looking at the value of the content it is useless to the social change we as the “digital natives” want to bring but to them it is valued as their way of talking online. This is what is happening across the globe and in digital world ,in social media ,twitter, face book, lindken etc, because the young people are using the social networks as a way of conveying their messages or their “causes” without necessary creating the social changes because in their own thinking there have no issues to address.
Millions of messages that are filtering in internet are social messages that not literary targets any change or want to create awareness on...
This story is of a young Egyptian woman 27 years of age, who found herself trapped in a strange country and not able to return to her own.
This young woman traveled with her family to live in Saudi Arabia since she was a baby, but growing up she hated her life there and yearned to go back to Egypt. Unfortunately that was not an idea that her parents liked. Her father took her passport and her residency documents, to make sure she remains imprisoned where he chose.
The current laws under which Saudi women live are horrifying, the inequalities they have to go through are infinite, but we will only focus on those relevant to this story. Saudi women can not travel on their own or without the consent of their male guardian/custodian be it a father, a husband, a brother or a cousin. No matter how old the woman is, and even if she is way older than her guardian/custodian.
But our heroin is not a Saudi, she's Egyptian, and the Egyptian laws give her the freedom of movement without anyone's...
I have spent these past few days reading blogs on the digital Natives website and the one that stuck me most was by Prabhas who was questioning the second part of the name “with a cause” http://digitalnatives.in/prabhas/blogs/questioning-name-part-ii-cause
He wonders wether digital natives really have a cause. When I read this blog, I started asking myself what my exact cause is!! I got my self wondering whether using digital technology meant having a cause…
I must confess that 7 days after the Johannesburg workshop, I can’t still understand who a ‘Digital native’ is. It’s so amazing how one gets into a public gathering and every person has a digital gadget say a phone, ipod, camera…. etc which gets you wondering whether all these people have causes. I hope am not getting myself more confused.
That interaction in Jo’burg truly “opened my eyes” to look at technology differently and from a broader point of view.
I need to understand who a digital native is before it gets too late...
A lot of information in circulation at the moment suggest that the information society is bringing about a lot of benefits to both individuals and nations. I would like to believe so too.
So this basically means that people who don’t have access to information technology are missing out in reaping the benefits brought about by the increasing use of information technology. These people include orphans, old people, women and poor youths living in disadvantaged communities.
Maureen Agena points that ICT4D projects need to start in the communities as programs that are based outside communities like in CBD’s denies participation of disadvantaged people like orphans and women.
This is the reason why I started Cybergateway Centre inorder to work for the INCLUSION of people living in disadvantaged communities to get into the information society. However, Nishant Shah, Research Director of the Indian based Centre Internet and Society warns that people should not be coerced into joining the...
Now that question may sound just plain to you, but take a moment and list 10 things you do with the digital technology at hand. Now list 10 things you do on the internet. Now if you are on facebook, list 10 things you do with facebook; if you do not use facebook you may make a list for any other social networking site or internet application.
Take a moment and find out how many lives you affect with one of the points on your list for a social site. Multiply that number by 1000 and imagine how much more lives, of people you may not even know, you affect digitally. Do you realize from the lists how many subgroups in the digital community you subscribe to? Now you probably only listed the good things, but there are possibly some negative ways you use digital technology. Now imagine the use you multiplied by 1000 was a negative one, how much damage would you be doing to the world?
Let me give you a personal example. About a week before the DN workshop in Joburg, I posted a personal quote...
The first serious lesson I learnt in my first year at MUBS was that success in any organization mostly depends on how easily one understands and can deal with the politics within that organization.
For those who have just joined us, MUBS is an alias for Makerere University Business School. It is believed to be the best higher learning institution for Business courses in East Africa.
For an organization of that size, there can be a lot of red tape. Being fresh from University, I had very little experience in the way corporations are run. Depending on the nature of your contract, you can receive money either in full, or in two installments within the same month, or at the end of a given period, say a few months.
My first assignment at MUBS was to offer training to some members of staff on elementary Graphics designing, and HTML. But officially, MUBS has hired GCL, my company, to offer that service. Being in my final semester at University, it's needless to day I didn't have many sources...
Yesterday while on a walk in town i bumped into a best friend and a former school mate for whom we had stayed for over five years without meeting face to face. We have been chatting, commenting on each others posts on Facebook but after meeting we had very little or nothing at all to share and spent less than ten minutes together despite the long time no see and the old good day's memories.
I have tried to meditate and reflect on this matter and to my conclusion, i find that the social networks have brought people, situations and events so close to each other technologically but in real sense stealing the joy that one would encounter after staying for ages without seeing a family member,a colleague, a spouse, a schoolmate, and all the important people of their lives.