[#202] Date: 17th December, 2021
I just finished listening to a Zoom session titled "Women in Crypto" that was organized by an exchange company. Tonight's show was the 2nd in the series. I've missed the first episode, which was held last month. In this session, attendees of the Zoom session were taught how to research the cryptos to invest in. This is a regulated crypto exchange platform in my counrtry, but it only offers five cryptos to trade, namely BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC and XRP. Yeah, only five, because these are the only five that have been approved by our government.
I have an account with the exchange simply because it's easy for me to fund my account to purchase BCH. When I was invited to the Zoom session, I decided to participate, simply because I can as a woman, and also I was hoping to get free BTC, which are sometimes given away. Well, unfortunately not tonight.
Anyway, after the session, we were all invited to join a Telegram Group that was hosted by the company, for women only. the rationale behind all of these was that a survey was conducted and only a small percentage of people in cryptocurrencies were women. Also, apparently, these women asked for a "safe space" to discuss crypto and a women-only support system to build confidence while involving themselves in crypto investments, a male-dominated space, well, at least in Malaysia. Although I don't quite get why women need a "safe space", I have also already joined the group. Here, it's very unlikely that I will receive sexually suggestive texts from strange men. Perhaps this was what they meant about "safe space".
Over the past few months as I follow the development of smartBCH closely, albeit from the sidelines, I think that women are more than holding their own in the space. Sure, there are still more men than women, but that doesn't mean that women are being bullied or that it's unsafe for us.
I look up to women like @carisdaneym2, @Empress, someone by the handle of Princess and quite a few others that I do not know their read.cash user ID, who developed or jointly developed tokens on this BCH sidechain. And then there are soooo many crypto babes who are swapping left and right and profiting from trades on smartBCH. A few to name are @Jane, @Eybyoung, @bmjc98, @fantagira and a host of other ladies, which made me so proud of them just reading their backstory via their "smartBCH Adventure" writing competition entries. Many of them are quite young but so gutsy to get involved and invested. They are willing to take the risks and some get burnt, but that's not stopping them to continue on with their crypto journey.
And no one ever sought special treatment. All of us men and women are just in 1001 Telegram Groups looking for news and information, share them around and if there's something that we need to be clarified, we just ask. Both women AND men will be more than happy to help us fill in the blanks.
Sure, the exchange is trying to expand its user base by getting more women into the space but I think it's unnecessary to segregate the genders. Women, as well as men, would both equally benefit from the information shared, in my opinion. Sure, getting female guests to share with us their knowledge is indeed inspiring, but poor guys would find that beneficial as well, me thinks. LOL Some guys questioned this too, but they were told to exit the Zoom session, and also the specially set up TG. Hohoho
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