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)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

100th International Women’s Day

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Today is the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day

I’m reproducing one of my postings made during my early blogging days to dedicate this posting to all HIV-infected women.

Why?

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 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 faced 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 all the setbacks, they went on to work, not so much for themselves, but for their children. 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.

HIV women – this one’s for you!

Happy International Women’s Day!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Biasanya hikmah yg Allah kurniakan kpd manusia yg mengetahui penyakit mereka akan membawa kpd kematian bila2 masa, ialah mereka lebih hampir kepada Tuhan. Mereka menyedari tak lama lagi masanya akan tiba...
Berbanding dengan manusia yg tidak didiagnos dgn penyakit sedemikian, mereka masih leka ,lupa dan lalai mendekatkan diri kepada Tuhan..

Sedangkan kematian itu sebenarnya tidak menentu... dtgnya tidak dijemput malah tidak mahu difikir2kan selalu.

Anak yg kecil, anak remaja, org dewasa atau yg tua renta. Yang sihat atau yg segar bugar...
Kadangkala yg dijangka doktor akan pergi dulu lebih panjang umurnya..!

Beruntunglah jika setiap manusia itu mencari sedikit bekalan (jika tidak mampu mencari banyak) utk kematian...

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Hear ye! Hear ye! I'd say millions of years of achievements for women! purrrr....meow!

mamasita said...

Happy 100th International Women's Day Pi.
Keep up your excellent work!!

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Pi, u r flying the flag for all the women too, u ladies have come a long way! Still got more room for recognition I think :)

tireless mom said...

Happy International Women day kak Pi. You are one of the greatest woman I know!! Phewitt!