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Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuallh

Did you know it was International Women’s day today! Just the thought of it conjures up some vivid thoughts and images of women marching through the streets, burning underwear, shouting and screaming for rights. But then again it does have quite a serious and valid importance…

It is an opportunity for the recognition of women’s achievements and to give more attention to their well-being and the challenging work that awaits them, because you see, some places in the world have yet to achieve gender equality (believe it or not!).

On a more serious note there are some very well established causes out there dedicated to women and the situations they encounter on a daily basis. One such cause is the PHR (Physicians for human rights) initiative called the Health Rights = Healthy Women: A Commitment to Halt the Feminization of AIDS.

Women and young girls presently comprise more than 60% of those who are living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa – and the numbers are continuing to grow. Any solution to the epidemic must acknowledge the devastating gender dynamics of AIDS and place women’s empowerment at the center of programming and planning.

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Why International Women’s Day matters

It is narrated in a saheeh report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked: Whom should I honour, O Messenger of Allaah? He said: “Your mother.” He said: Then whom? He said: “Your mother.” He said: Then whom? He said: “Your father, then the next closest and the next closest.” This was narrated by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh, and there are many similar ahaadeeth.

Who needs one day in a year for our beloved mothers when we have been comanded to have every day as ‘mother’s day’!

Love you mummy!

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