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Women empowerment

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EMPOWERMENT has different meanings depending on where the definition comes. Basically, an empowered individual, particularly a woman has a certain degree of control as far as her life is concerned. The American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues define a psychosocial approach to empowerment as one that “promotes (rural) women’s and girls’ recognition and development of their human rights and theirstrengths, and provides resources and skills.”

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THE one to whom nothing was refused, whose tears were always wiped away by an anxious mother, will not abide being offended.” (Seneca)

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He said he was bullied most of his life, he never felt liked in school, his parents always had “loud angry, drunken arguments”, and he was full of anger. Guess whose descriptions these are from! These are the words of a 14-year old South Carolina mass shooter who was unable to handle his father’s questioning on spending and homework. He shot his father, drove the latter’s truck to a nearby school, and fired at children on the playground. The teen-ager was full of anger. One day, a triggering event made him snap. His father reportedly owned guns. Are we still surprised that he ended up becoming violent?

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WHOSE cause are we supporting each time we use the Internet? A former colleague did not want to create an e-mail account. Back in 1998, he already had a belief that the devil would use the internet. (I saw him on Facebook years ago. I don’t know what happened!)

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Don’t quit

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“Gulong ng palad, kung minsan ay nasa ibabaw… kung minsan ay nasa ilalim….” Danish Caroline Wozniacki is now World no. 1 in tennis. Her rankings in previous years were different. There can only be one explanation: hard work and determination. Previous losses did not dampen her spirits. She just focused on playing.

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IMAGINE the stark difference between wealthy, pampered, free and extremely comfortable people who chose to end their lives and the miserable conditions of holocaust prisoners who struggled to find hope – and survived. Holocaust prisoners who had some meaning in their lives were more likely to survive, according to world-renowned Austrian psychiatrist and psychotherapist Viktor Frankl, a holocaust survivor himself.

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