I have an online survey up now, so you can take the survey there, or if you prefer, you can copy and paste the survey below into a Word document and fill-in your answers before emailing to me (email@example.com).
- What is your age?
- What is your country of residence?
- What is your highest level of educational qualification?
- Are you currently studying?
- What is your current employment status?
- What is your occupation?
- What is your blog URL?
- When did you begin this/your blog (month and year)?
- How frequently do you update this blog?
- Did you start this blog with specific topic(s) in mind to write about?
- If ‘Yes’, what were the topics?
- Indicate on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being ‘Very Important’ and 5 being ‘Very Unimportant’) how important it is to you to empower other women through your blog?
- Do you identify yourself as a feminist?
- If ‘No’, what are your reasons?
- If you hope to empower women through your blog, how do you do this? (e.g. Bring to light issues of in justice against women; Foster a discussion between you and your readers; Mobilise people for specific social action; Share your perspective on women’s issues; Other – Please explain).
- How do you think blogs can be used to promote women’s equity and empowerment?
- What would you say are the most commonly-discussed topics on the blogs by African women that you have visited?
- Do you feel that there are enough blogs by African women that address issues of gender equity, feminism, social development (especially as it pertains to women) and/or general issues of women’s empowerment?
- If you feel there aren’t enough blogs that deal with these issues, what do you think are the reasons for this?
- How do you think more African woman can be encouraged to blog about these issues?
- Please name 5 blogs that address these issues (include the URLs).
- What do you like about these blogs?
- What are the unique features of blogs (or other web 2.0* tools) that make them suitable for raising issues of women’s empowerment?
- Please name some organisations that you know of which use blogs or other web 2.0 tools for collaborative project work.
- Generally speaking, what are some of the factors that you think might prevent many African women from blogging?
* Web 2.0 refers to proposed second generation Internet-based services that promote online collaboration and sharing of information among users e.g. blogs, wikis, social networking sites (e.g. MySpace), tags, video-sharing sites (e.g. YouTube, Google Video), photo-sharing sites (e.g. Flickr). (Check Wikipedia for more info.)