Over a hundred participants, mainly single mothers from outlying areas of Ipoh, attended a seminar cum workshop on HIV and Domestic Violence at Tower Regency Hotel recently. The one-day forum, jointly organised by BN Services and Complaints Bureau and Women Institute of Management (WIM), was graced by Perak Information Chief, Dato’ Hamidi Abu Bakar.
In her welcoming speech, WIM co-founder and CEO, Dato’ Nellie Tan-Wong highlighted the plight of battered women and HIV sufferers. “Women from rural backgrounds are at a greater risk of being violated, given their ignorance and naivety,” she told the audience. The number of HIV-stricken women has increased many folds over the years, “This is a cause for concern,” she added.
Dato’ Hamidi called on single mothers to overcome this shortcoming by being better informed. “Financial independence is one way out,” he said. “Seek assistance from agencies such as Yayasan Bina Upaya, as they are equipped to help the needy and the marginalised.” The foundation provides micro-financing to enterprising single mothers.
Nazrina Yoram, 31, was full of praise for the organisers. “I hope more of this will be held in the future. I stand to benefit from the exposure.”