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One Billion Rising


The campaign to end violence against women is resounding in most parts of the world. Everywhere women are dancing to the beat of music – their own seeking action and resolution to this age old problem. A problem – now with a name.

What started out as a one woman campaign in the UK by Eve Ensler has now reverberated everywhere. We think local and share our stories globally.

As women, we share commonalities in issues of racism and discrimination, face the same types of abuses and are exposed to the worst kinds of violence, be it in times of war or peace. The UN data that says 1 in 3 women suffer from abuse globally is indeed staggering.

On March 8, another day to celebrate the International Day for Women. I’m sure it’s going to be another celebration of protest. However, it shows that the women’s movement have come a long way. Gone are the days of street fights with the police. Today, we hear music and poetry, watch as throngs of women dance to the rhythm of freedom and raise their arms in protest – or link hands in solidarity. We see children joining the dance and bearing the messages that says – justice!

It’s as colorful as a woman’s life. This unfolding, this one feminine spirit rising.

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How to Make the Most From Online Learning


The development of the internet of things brought with it a number of possibilities including opening the portals of knowledge. Who says all you get is thrash over the net? On the contrary, you can earn a degree or a certificate through distance learning and the most efficient medium is the internet. You may get lucky to find an e-course offered for free. Search the keyword online learning  and you can get a list of possible sites to learn a subject of your choice. However, you need to keep in mind the following in order to succeed.

1.) Know how to manage your time

This is the most common pitfall among home-based and online learners. Most of the time we take for granted the study load and time required to meet requirements. If the mentor says 10 hours requirement for readings on Module 1, then do so. Devote specific number of hours daily to your study. When the time comes for the Exam or Tests, you need not cram the night before and read all the chapters of assigned reading. Boost long-term memory through techniques such as mnemonics or use of cues.

2.) Be resourceful and do research beyond the list of readings

Most online learners who have no direct access to libraries depend on the internet for their researches. A typical module has a list of supplementary readings attached at the end of each chapter. The good e-learner reads beyond these assigned topics. Learn how to search for the right keywords. Google is your friend here.

3.) Chat with your course mates.

You’ll be amazed with the amount of knowledge you will learn from others. Do not be too shy to ask for pointers and tips from those you think have advanced information. The diversity in experience and specialization among e-learners also adds up to the variety of information you’ll get. As an e-learner, you are encouraged to interact not only with your Course Tutor or mentor but with those in your e-class, too.

4.) Know your peak hours for learning.

Some people are mentally awake and at their peak during late evenings. Some are mentally active in the early mornings. Find the right time to study when you are more focused and sharp. In this way, you do not waste precious time staring on the computer screen or keeping your thoughts from straying.

Finally, the key to succeed in e-learning is your will to do so. Most adults who have dropped from formal schooling may find it a bit hard to resume a study routine. However, if you are one who’s fond of reading, then you can easily bounce back to the world of learning. There are no walls that limit your personal growth and advancement. Just be clear what your goals are and keep an eye on them.