Today’s story is from my first book “After – Rain Skies” available via KOBO.COm
The thing about not giving back the pain you received, though, was, if you didn’t have a place to put it, you just carried it around with you.
Yasmin had nowhere to put all the guilt and paranoia she harbored by herself as a child growing up in a house where every day was a fight that felt like her fault, so she left it when she was 19, because she’d reached the limit of what pain she could carry and if she had to endure any more, the pressure would have ended her.
Her grandparents sent her to school, where she Yasmin harnessed her feelings and turned them into the motivation to survive. Constantly, she felt afraid that her father would come find her, and make her pay for ever believing she deserved a better life.
But the fear only made her run faster, and work harder, and aim to get as far away from where she used to be as possible. The fear propelled her to excellence. She got a bachelor’s degree, then a master’s, then a doctorate.
She suffered the occasional meltdown like everybody else, but lived to be 65, and successful, and carried within her the pride of having enough space in her heart to carry, beside the old pains, love and courage and integrity.
The Perak Women for Women Society has played a vital role in shaping and molding the well-being of girls and women around Perak ( and in as far as their advocacy can reach). With the outbreak of a global pandemic, PWW once again proved to the people of Perak (Malaysia), that they are truly capable of helping women not only in terms of their struggles and battles but even when they combat the effects of Covid – 19.
PWW has made several remarkable and successful projects over the years to help victims of abuse and violence.
PWW is composed of amazing women who devoted their time and services for free to serve and help.
With Covid – 19, PWW launched its newest project last August 2020 called the “Food Pantry program”,”, which aimed to provide necessities to families affected by the outbreak of a global pandemic. PWW co-founder Yip Siew Keen said the organization had been deluged with calls from the people asking for help following the MCO.
They formed a committee, led by their president Sumathi Sivamany. It started with perishable food, dry food, and toiletries. Until donations came pouring in that they slowly made additional items in the food pantry. As long as there are donations, the program, will continue. PWW welcomes the donation of items such as rice, biscuits, bread, spices, cooking oil, milk powder, and dried goods. The PWW shop is located at Market Street in Ipoh. For details, contact PWW at 011-65569715.
Amidst COVID – 19, PWW stood still, stronger as ever.
PWW is just an example of empowered women, facing Covid – 19 bravely.
As we celebrate Women’s Day, let us take a moment to salute the courageous women in our lives; our mothers, our sisters, our friends, our cousins, our aunts, our relatives, our lady government officials, and with Covid – 19, a double salute to our brave women frontliners – doctors, nurses, medical staff and our police officers.
How have women coped so far?
With a surge in the number of domestic violence cases and other forms of violence on women during the lockdown, women around the world are compelled to come up with the necessary guidelines to survive the abuse of any form.
Victims of abuse typically go through life feeling isolated, powerless, and hopeless. Victims need to know that they may be suffering through undue violence, but they are not alone. There are various ways that a victim can reach out for support and seek help, and their answer for relief is very near.
The immediate and first response that is always suggested to women experiencing abuse in their homes, or their workplace, or even individual instances of assault or abuse is to REPORT IT to the concerned authorities. While this is a difficult step to take, in the scenario that abuse is threatening the safety, security and is dangerous to the life of the women and children involved- the highest recommendation is to report the abuse.
Staying healthy amidst the lockdown is also another great concern, and it does not only mean having a gym membership. Women can think about some ways; they can adopt to help themselves feel rejuvenated, fresh, and calm.
They can follow a healthy diet, r, read the FACTS of COVID-19 and remain safe at this time.
They can also start and practice meditation and mindfulness to move their body, staying active helps to refocus their body and mind.
Women can also find ways to be connected and in touch with their friends, relatives, and everyone else outside their homes. Connection with others is essential to their well-being.
Many of them are feeling the effects of social distancing. They can list people who they can call, text, video chat, or write now and then. They can use technology like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or other video calling platforms. This can give them face-to-face time and can help maintain or strengthen relationships.