Women's stories

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

  • 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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  • 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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