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.
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!