THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Thursday, 8 March 2007

A Special Dedication To HIV Women

Today is International Women’s Day.

I’d like to dedicate this posting to all HIV-infected women.


Because most of the HIV-infected women I know are just victims who got HIV from their husbands.

Imagine… happily getting married and the joy they felt when told they were pregnant.

Imagine… happily going to the clinic for their pregnancy tests… and after all the tests were done… they were told they were found to be HIV positive! The whole world seemed to have collapsed before them!

Imagine… the stigma and discrimination they were to face when their families, friends and neighbours found out.

Imagine… having to be the sole bread-winner of the family when their husbands die or become too weak to work. Not an easy task with all the discrimination they have to face. And tougher still, if they had never worked before.

But these are strong-willed women. And when there’s a will, there’s a way! They were not about to destroy their whole lives because of HIV. Life must go on!

Despite their condition, they went on to work, not so much for themselves, but for their families. Some had to work even harder than the rest of us non-infected people. They want to make sure their children have enough to eat. They want to ensure a better future for their children.

I have seen how many of them suffered – mentally and physically. But for the sake of their children, they survived!

That’s how strong these women are.

For that, I salute them.



Kak Teh said...

salam, this is indeed a wonderful dedicaction! Thank you dan selamat berkenalan!

Kak Teh said...

hhmmm tersilap spelling pulak!

Pi Bani said...

Takpe Kak Teh... this had nothing to do with spoonerism, kan? :-)