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A Brighter Future

We’d like to take a moment to highlight an art exhibition Zakii is taking part in for AIDS Awareness.

Taking place in Kuala Lumpur and ending on the 31st of August, ARTAID15 is a collaboration between 19 Malaysian and Indonesian artists, who produced 23 original art pieces for the exhibition. The exhibition has been organised by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (of which Zakii is a trustee) and the Segaris Art Centre, which hopes to raise awareness of, and funds to support, women living with HIV in Malaysia today.

The Star Online reports that HIV infections in Malaysia have declined by 50% in the last decade, but new infections amongst women are not slowing. It goes on to say that a mix of socio-economic and health inequalities ensure women are at heightened risk of contracting the disease.

“I am proud of my fellow artists for heeding the call to stand in solidarity with the more than 11,000 women in Malaysia whose lives have been directly impacted by HIV,” said Zakii.

“As storytellers and observers of issues that affect us, artists have a responsibility to share their talent and canvas with women whose voices have been unjustly silenced by HIV-associated stigma and discrimination.”

It’s undoubtedly a worthy cause, but it also throws up some interesting questions for you, our community. If you’re in Malaysia, how aware are you of these problems? Do you think HIV is a visible issue in Malaysia… or could more be done to highlight awareness of the disease in the country? What contribution would you make to the cause?

Regardless, ARTAID15 and other AIDS prevention initiatives are doing fine work, and we wish them every success. Read more about ARTAID15 at the official website, and read more about AIDS prevention in Malaysia at the Malaysian AIDS Council Facebook page.

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Tom GibsonA Brighter Future

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