Women's stories

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

  • 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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  • Mlasi in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania

    The legal support and training helped to give me the strength to stand and defend my rights in court

    Forced into marriage at just 14 years old, Mlasi had her childhood stolen from her. Fleeing from the war in ...
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  • Silindile sits smiling

    ZWLA have been on my side and given me the confidence to do something I never thought I could do.

    After years of abuse at the hands of her husband, Silindile found help in a volunteer Community Legal Educator trained ...
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  • Precious

    Thanks to the group, my future is bright and I can do anything.

    Trapped in an abusive relationship, Precious was beaten by her husband and his family. With support from our partner, Zimbabwe ...
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  • Meron stands with her arms around two of her daughters

    I physically struggled with him to save the girls from being cut.

    Brave mothers are risking everything to stand up against harmful beliefs. Meron dared to take a stand against female genital ...
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  • Santu is smiling and standing in a field of long grass and flowers in Nepal

    We can speak up and claim our rights.

    Santu was grieving the loss of her husband and looking after her five small children when the earthquake hit Nepal ...
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  • Laxmi stands in front of the fish farm in Nepal

    Together, we are strong and rise above the discrimination of the past

    Laxmi is a member of a Dalit women’s savings group in Nepal, set up as part of a programme we ...
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