Women's stories

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

  • Lizie

    I talk about my experience to break down the barriers surrounding emotional abuse

    Lizzie, aged 29, was helped by the group therapy sessions run by Womankind partner FIDA Kenya after years of emotional ...
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  • Cathrtinr

    The group therapy helped me grow, gave me hope and independence

    Catherine has been supported by Womankind partner FIDA Kenya through group therapy sessions.
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  • Catherine

    I am beginning to love myself again

    After eight years of marriage, abuse from her husband left her with physical scars, underweight and scared to talk or ...
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  • Marisa

    Now I know the ills of FGM and I don’t want it in my community

    Marisa is a mother of seven boys and one girl. She used to assist during Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) procedures ...
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  • Natividad learning IT skills with her son at her side who accompanies her at all trainings

    Our parents taught us that only men should be respected

    Natividad Mamani Calle is a 32-year-old community leader from Santiago de Poque in Bolivia. She is a supported by our ...
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  • Gete Kebede from Siiqqees self help groups in Gindo, Amaya outside her rented home where she lives with her 2 children

    Before I joined this group, I was not a survivor

    Gete is a committee leader with our Ethiopian partner Siiqqee; an organisation which helps women to work together to become ...
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  • In the hairdressing salon

    I want to teach women that everything is possible.

    Mekedes was referred to Assocation for Women's Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) in 2012 following years of abuse at the hands ...
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  • Eden

    The safe house has helped us forget our sorrows and all that we faced.

    Eden and her son lived in a safe house run by Womankind partner Association for Women's Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD) ...
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  • Nilla supported by Zambia National Womens Lobby

    Whatever situation you find yourself in, you can still do it. You’ve been given that right as a girl.

    Nilla has been supported by our partner, Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) through its Girls’ Leadership Clubs, which promote girls' ...
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  • Sufe from Siiqqees self help groups in Gindo, outside her home

    I am now able to think about tomorrow. I have encouragement and self-esteem

    Sufe, aged 35 from Gindo in Ethiopia, is supported by Siiqqee through a self-help group. Siiqqee enables women in rural ...
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