Women's stories

Read the stories of women and girls who have faced and overcome discrimination and violence with the help of our partners.

  • Grace was forcefully evicted from her land and now lives in temporary accommodation

    Women can bring change in the community when they are together

    Grace and her family were one of many families ordered to leave their land and forced into temporary accommodation to ...
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  • Patience standing outside her temporary home in an internal displacement camp, Uganda

    When women come together, we gain the strength to speak out and our voices are heard

    Patience and her family were forcefully evicted from their home and land. Her husband tragically died during the eviction. With ...
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  • Namunyak, her mother Naserem and her daughter Faith FGM campaigners, Kajiado County

    I have hopes that my girls will be independent and educated

    In the Maasai communities in Kenya over 78% of girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Namunyak was cut as a ...
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  • Sirgut, 15, is learning business skills & sewing and studying at 8th grade so she can build a life for her and her 3yr old son

    I was 12 years old when I gave birth at the safe house

    After being raped by a family member at just 12 years old, Sirgut* fell pregnant and was referred to a ...
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  • Shanti is a member of the Saathi savings group and running a tailor business in Nahar Tole, Godawari, Nepal

    I don't have to depend on anybody

    Married a just 13 years old, Shanti and her family struggled financially. But after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, they lost ...
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  • Two women supported by ZWLA pictured walking

    I now know about my rights, and I know I am empowered

    After physical abuse and death threats from her husband, Mary was referred to Womankind partner Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA) ...
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  • Image of hands to protect identity

    I now see myself as a person

    Emmaculate, 53, works as a farmer in the Chinhoy region of Zimbabwe. After persistent violence at the hands of her ...
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  • Veronica pictured outside her home

    I am now a champion of women’s rights

    Veronica was supported by Womankind partner, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA), over a custody battle. She is now a Community ...
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  • Mathamsanqa pictured at ZWLA office

    The greatest thing I got from ZWLA was empowerment

    Mathamsanqa was supported by our partner, Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWLA), during her divorce and child maintenance proceedings. ZWLA provides ...
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  • Felice and her baby, Christmas

    I am still a child and I have rights

    Married at just 12 years old, Felice was forced into an abusive relationship with a man she didn't know. Desperate ...
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