Women's stories

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

  • 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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  • Selina was supported by a Girls Leadership Club in Zambia

    We've come this far thanks to the Girls’ Leadership Club

    Selina was a member of one of 43 Girls' Leadership Clubs our partner Zambia National Women's Lobby runs. The clubs ...
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  • Dekitiu Skhurn from Siiqqee;s self help groups in Gindo, Amaya

    I live for my child, I don’t want him to go through what I went through

    Dekitiu is supported by our partner Siiqqee in the town of Gindo, Ethiopia. She is part of a self help ...
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  • Male paralegals

    I used to be violent to women but WLAC’s training has changed my life

    Kambale lives in a refugee camp in Tanzania, where he received training to become a paralegal. He used to be ...
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  • Meeting to arrange child support

    For the sake of my children I hope he keeps up his responsibilities

    In Peru a third of women experience violence from a partner. And when parents separate women can find it extremely ...
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  • AWRC class

    “Before I came to the centre, I couldn’t read the shop signs. If I needed some medicines, I didn’t know where to get them.”

    Surya, aged 47, has learned to read and write with our partner, Afghan Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC). Now she can ...
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  • Isatu during counselling

    Now I can sleep at night and I don’t think of the past every time I look at my boy

    Isatu is still living with the terrible scars of Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war. But with help from our partner, ...
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