I am proud that my story has motivated other women to come forward. This is peace for me

Iye in Sierra Leone told us how our local partner Women against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) changed her life.

"I wanted to carry on studying but when I had my baby girl I left school and started working with my husband Philip. We ran a cocoa farm and a pineapple farm. But when my husband died his brother took control of our home and business and I ended up on the streets with my two children. I went to the village chief but my brother-in-law wouldn’t talk to him. I didn’t know where else to turn.

A friend introduced me to a WAVES community worker in a nearby village who said I had the right to keep my property and offered to help. WAVES mediated between me and my brother-in-law and they explained what the law says about property inheritance. He realised I could take him to court and that he wouldn’t win and agreed to return my home and business. We are now home and my children are back at school. I am running the business and able to provide for them. I am proud that my story has motivated other women to come forward. This is peace for me."

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