Women's stories

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

  • AWRC class

    “Before I came to the centre, I couldn’t read the shop signs. If I needed some medicines, I didn’t know where to get them.”

    Surya, aged 47, has learned to read and write with our partner, Afghan Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC). Now she can ...
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  • Isatu during counselling

    Now I can sleep at night and I don’t think of the past every time I look at my boy

    Isatu is still living with the terrible scars of Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war. But with help from our partner, ...
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  • AWSAD safe house

    I have no words to thank the safe house. They gave me myself back

    Rahel, 22, was raped and severely beaten by her step-brother. But she found sanctuary and a new life at a ...
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  • Meena supported by WHR in Nepal

    I used to be afraid to talk to people, but now I go to women’s groups to share experiences

    Meena, aged 49, is from a remote village in the western district of Nepal. Our partner, Women for Human Rights ...
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  • Alice supported by the Gender Centre in Ghana

    I will pave the way for the next generation of women to become confident leaders

    In Ghana, women are woefully under-represented in politics and domestic and community decision making. Alice is just one woman being ...
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  • Precious supported by WiPSU in Zimbabwe

    Now I know my rights and I have the power to get things done

    In Zimbabwe women struggle to be heard in politics and their communities. Our partner Women in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU) ...
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  • Antoinette a the Gender Centre in Ghana

    Now I have the confidence and skills to become a leader

    Antoinette is involved in her local church in Ghana and hopes to become a community leader – an ambition made ...
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  • Theresa Nyalewima from WiPSU in Zimbabwe

    I have a new strength and no longer look down on myself

    Theresa is from Makoni District in Zimbabwe. After her husband left to work elsewhere, Theresa got support from our partner ...
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  • Sharada - FEDO

    At first I didn’t feel able to, but now I can, and I put my views forward.

    We met Sharada, a woman from the poorest Dalit community. She gets support from our partner Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) ...
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  • Woinshet

    I talk about my experiences so that women understand that one can live positively with HIV

    “My name is Woineshet, I am 39 years old and have 5 children – 5 girls. I had six children ...
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