Women's stories

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

  • Olerai

    I know my principles and my rights. My body is my body.

    Olerai underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and it took two months for the bleeding to stop.
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  • Elizabeth stood in front of Hoima Sugar Factory, is a leader at the Listeners Club, Uganda

    I think women coming together is the best thing so women can be more powerful

    Elizabeth, aged 40, was forcefully evicted from her home in 2014. Elizabeth now lives with her husband and children in ...
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  • Negasa was forcefully evicted from her home and is currently living in an internal displacement camp in Uganda

    When we listen to the radio, we know we are not alone

    Nagesa, aged 37, was forcefully evicted from her home in 2014. Since moving to a displacement camp, her husband abandoned ...
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  • Anna stands in an internal displacement camp, where she now lives after she was forcefully evicted from her home in Uganda

    When everything stands against us, we have each other for support

    Anna, aged 42, was forcefully evicted from her home in 2014. Ever since the eviction, she has lived with her ...
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  • 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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