Internet as a tool of women empowerment

Women word is concocted from wīfmann to wīmmann and then to wumman. Modern English say it Women. In pre-Islamic cultural traditions women were just a slave. Currently modern people say, “Women’s liberation movement started after 20th century”. But they have essentially dis remembered the reality. In fact the women were liberated when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) presented Islam in 7th century. Islam has given equal rights to women. However men and women are not identical which means Allah has given in-dependency to this creature. But the so called modern men are so crucial who don’t want to send their ladies to school, colleges and universities on the name of Izat. However, 20th century has awakened most napping ladies for replevin their rights.

As the time to study started; people used to go to libraries or used to get guidance from respective scholars. So, in past the books and scholars were the only founts for reading and learning for all people. And this was more difficult for women to go out of their houses especially for studying. Then suddenly a marvel of 20th century occurred which was the discovery of Internet. And from the beginning of 21st century this discovery has been in the hands of all people. Either it is mobile phone or a tablet; all the gadgets have essentially internet facility. And this has facilitated a whole heap to this century’s women too.

From the late of 20th century, numerous tools on internet have facilitated women to empower themselves. World Wide Web has delivered many social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and many others. Through these social websites many women activists has woken. A special term “online activism” is used for this. Through online activism women are able to consolidate many campaigns and voicing their opinions for attaining their rights. On 29th May 2013, 100 females started a campaign against Facebook for taking down various pages that were especially working on spreading hatred about women. Same as, a campaign “This girl can” initiated by government agency “Sport England”, in which women are encouraged for doing physical exercises; no matter how they look and how they do it. Gulalai Ismail is the women activist in Pakistan; she is working against gender equality and peace by running a campaign “Aware Girls”. She is awakening girls by using internet tools also. Against domestic violence “we can” campaign was launched in 2004 in South Asia. Primarily its objective was to slacken the social acceptance problems of females in six countries: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But in recent times, it is scattering awareness in 15 countries amongst women of all ages.

In recent years, blogging has also become a potent tool for educational empowerment in Women. In University of California, Los Angeles, a study occurred; many patients were observed to talk about their disease to physicians or their fellow bloggers can better understand and fight with their disease. Blogging websites also guides women that how they can enhance beauty in their life and get rid of monotonous lifestyles. So, with the ease of accessibility and affordability of e-learning (electronic learning), now women can study the comfort of their home anywhere, anytime. By empowering themselves educationally through new technologies like e-learning, women are also learning new skills that will come in handy in today’s advancing globalized world. I am sure that by 2030, no men would stop her female from e-learning.

Author: Sahrish Tariq

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