Women's stories

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

  • Shova smiles with her arms crossed whilst leaning against a wood pillar

    The group has given me a new life.

    Like many women, during the Nepalese civil war, Shova’s husband was killed in conflict. As a widow, she faced discrimination, ...
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  • 57. Kamala B.K, aged 42, is a member of Shiba Madhesi Dalit Women’s Group in Purina Village, Nepalgunj, Nepal.

    We are now respected, we can access funds, we speak out to say what we want.

    Deemed ‘untouchable’ by her community, Kamala faced discrimination for being a Dalit woman. People were afraid of her and she ...
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  • 35. Mayawati Paxi, aged 42, member of Shiba Madhesi Dalit Women’s Group in Purina Village, Nepalgunj, Nepal.

    I am a strong woman now and I am changing my community for the better.

    Mayawati was illiterate for much of her life. As a Dalit woman she faced discrimination and was ashamed of who ...
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  • 44. Anita Dhobi, aged 35, is a President of FEDO group Shiba Madhesi Dalit Women’s Group in Purina Village, Nepalgunj, Nepal.

    We stand in solidarity against discrimination and have a unique bond.

    Married at just nine years old, Anita’s story is far from uncommon among Dalit women. Facing discrimination for her lower ...
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    I am back living in my house, on my land.

    After the death of her husband, Nuru’s land became occupied by a man who claimed it as his own. With ...
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  • Bekelu Debela from Siiqqees self help groups in Gindo, Amaya

    I have empowered myself and changed my life

    Bekelu Debela was supported by Siiqqee, Womankind partner from Ethiopia, when her husband abused and evicted her from their house. ...
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  • Kabaye Megersa from Siiqqees self help groups in Gindo, Amaya

    My next goal is to buy land and have my own house

    Kabaye Megersa is a 25-year-old mother of three children. She lives in Gindo in Ethiopia and is a member of ...
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  • Kibnesh Tululu, member of Sebeta self help group set up by Siiqqee

    My dream is that all women can live with dignity, regardless of their income

    Kibenesh Tululu from Ethiopian town of Kebele has been trained by Womankind partner Siiqqee Women's Development Association and now helps ...
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    I'm sharing my message so that all women know their rights.

    At 12 years old, Mary underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She was taught that she would never marry if she ...
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    Rescuing girls is my priority.

    Police officer Susan and her colleagues, were educated by FIDA Kenya about the implications of FGM and the scale of ...
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