Blog 4 (Fall 2016) – Women’s Rights, by Bryson Nishimoto

Initially before I started this assignment, never thought women’s rights would be this neglected and unspoken of. I started my research with looking up what case studies there were about women’s rights and came across, a study in Zambia. It detailed that it women in their own country could not list 5 their own rights.(Fair child) Then it branched to a more general article or journal on the internet about women’s rights, detailing that women have less access to: healthcare, childcare, education, wagers are low and there are more barriers setup for women. (Elliot) Then led into my first agency called WID or Women and Development, they advocate for women on their behalf to help women make a smooth transition into society. (Elliot) ARTCW is African Training and Research Center for Women, established in Ethiopia in 1975 and sponsors meetings and bibliographies about integration and development for women. (Sheldon) AWID is a global feminist organization and has been around for 30 plus years and are trying to achieve: gender equality, sustainable development, and women’s rights globally. This organization also participates with other organizations trying to achieve the same goal. (Who we are) In an article by AWID, internet is starting a change in social, economic, politics, and activism structures. Men control mostly every aspect of that place and context, which leave women at a disadvantage. (Kagoya) This leads to a idea or solution of an “feminist” internet, not a feminist internet that is aggressive but a internet that has quality for men and women. The internet will have: Guided by international regional policies and developed by APC: facilitates the equitable and inclusive use of the internet, allows women to explore anything they want and will allow patriarchal entities to place them in the decision making.  Rights to privacy, all personal data, data footprints, and be anonymous. (Kagoya)

I soon found my communication technology that will help women to know and exercise their own rights, called Internet.org. It is a website that was first launched in Zambia and it is an initiative that is partnered with Facebook, skeptics believe this ploy by Facebook to gain more members or users on their website. A women named Muyoya is a co-owner of an network called Asikana and owns WRAPP which is a women’s advocacy application that lists women’s rights resources. Muyoya’s application called WRAPP is found in Internet.org through navigating one of the side menus. (Fairchild)Internet.org does not only host the country of Zambia but it has spread to regions of Africa to the Middle East, Asia to the Pacific and to Latin America. It has reached a wide spread of audiences were this application may be needed for women who are put in situations that are in the process of getting hurt.

I do think women’s rights is an issue that needs to be addressed more readily by governments globally and that women deserve every right that a man has in that society. Men who live in a country and women are not respected, should be educated women are seen as important contributor to society. I do think that culture and society norms do carve the way for what a person is “entitled” to be, but there should a bit of flexibility or common sense in own person’s mind. Regardless if women are supposed to be the caretakers or do not have a say in matters, as we have discussed in class. The term “Flexibility or common sense” should come in and allow that individual to decide what values and culture norms to accept or to ignore. Through this thought, I think we can probably aid in the revolution of women’s rights.

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