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[new] hearing different voices (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by Aileen on Tue Jul 6th, 2004 at 11:20:17 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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When I showed this link to my students from the Industrial Design department of the art university here, they were very interested and several of them were already familiar with it - but then I had an amazing group of students this year (I only teach one English class in Industrial Design), and I was impressed again and again by their idealism and their commitment to social responsibility and critical thinking particularly in this field. I am confident that these people will put their special knowledge and skills to good use with or without helpful web sites.

During the years that the "women in Afghanistan" chain letter was still circulating, I was glad to have a link to the RAWA web site ("Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan") to send right back to anyone who sent me that chain letter (and an overwhelming number of people appeared to associate me with the topics of "violence against women" and "religion" - it was mind-boggling, how often I received that chain letter!). I don't know how many of those people may have actually taken action, however, even though there are very clear and practical requests listed on the site. I have to admit that I didn't myself.

Then when a representative from RAWA came to speak in Linz, as moving and inspiring as it was to hear about their work, it was also frustrating that their voices were not heard by the political decision-makers after the bombing of Afghanistan - these women who had so much to say were not even invited to the table.

Being able to read a well designed web site with important information comfortably on my own computer doesn't really have much of an effect, does it? Or does it sometimes? With so many voices trying to be heard, how can they reach the "right" ears to have an effect - how can the right words reach the right eyes?

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