I Stories

Over the years GL has demonstrated a commitment to gender justice and equality by efforts to create opportunities and provide spaces for survivors of all forms of gender violence to speak out, participate in various conversations and document their experiences through I-Stories.

South Africa: Im born again

South Africa: Im born again

*Triger warning: Violence*
I have a brother by the name of *A, who is 51 and sister by the name of *B who is 53. This is how I recall the events which happened to me at the age of 5; we were poor and stayed in a broken house with no windows. My dad grew up in Springs and had a very best friend by the name of *C. My dad was an alcoholic and was very abusive and couldn’t always hold down a job. When he was drunk he always said to us that I and *A were not his kids. Only *B was his child. *A and I would start crying and say daddy we are your kids, we come from you and mommy and we love you. He would then turn around and hit us.

Lesotho: Abused because of political differences

Lesotho: Abused because of political differences

*Trigger warning: Violence* I was on my way, when I was at Ha-Makhate a car stopped me and they asked me where I was going and my sister was also there. They forced me to get into the car and took me to the charge office. My sister told the police that I did not want to pay tax and therefore she had brought me there so that they could punish me.

A violência baseada no género aumenta casos de HIV/SIDA em Moçambique

A violência baseada no género aumenta casos de HIV/SIDA em Moçambique

HIV e SIDA continua a semear luto e a perpetuar a pobreza nas famÁ­lias moçambicanas.
Factores combinados tais como, a falta de edução e de informação adequada sobre o HIV/Sida, as relaçÁµes sexuais desprotegidas e com multiplos parceiros e a violência baseada no género ou VBG protagonizada pelo homem contra a mulher, entre outros, contribuem em grande medida, para o aumento dos Á­ndices desta pandemia.

Lesotho: Life has brought me lemons

Lesotho: Life has brought me lemons

*Trigger warning: gender violence* People say when life brings you lemons make lemon juice; I wish this could be as easily done as said then I would have a bucket full of lemon juice. My name is *Lerato and I am 29 years old. I am from a disadvantaged family which could not afford a lot of things. I am the third girl of six girls and a boy. When I was 14 I already knew what I wanted in life.

November 28, 2014 Themes: Sexual violence Programs: 16 Days of Activism 2014 | Gender Justice

Lesotho: Abused by my own flesh and blood

Lesotho: Abused by my own flesh and blood

*Trigger warning: Violence*I am a single woman but I was married and I parted ways with my husband as we had our own issues and I had to return to my family. I moved in with my mother and my brother and my mother passed on , after her death my brother changed and told me that I should go back to my husband.

Lesotho: Married to an alcoholic

Lesotho: Married to an alcoholic

I was married for only two years and now I am officially divorced. I sometimes feel embarrassed to tell my story and to declare that I only stayed in my marriage for two years. “Are you joking?À is one of the responses that I get when I tell my story. But seriously, I ask myself many questions, as to why I really got married and how come I was so blind.

November 26, 2014 Themes: Emotional violence Programs: Gender Justice

Lesotho: Happy as I am

My name is *Limpho. I am 33 years old, I have been married for eight years and I have no children. I may look well but my happy marriage has turned into a sour one. The last six years were okay, but now things have changed.

November 26, 2014 Themes: Physical violence Programs: Gender Justice

Lesotho: It is over!

Lesotho: It is over!

Since I was a little girl I have always had a difficult life because it was really difficult for me to go to school, to pay my school fees and have a proper uniform like other kids, but the situation never stopped me from continuing my journey. I am a Mosotho woman aged 24 and I have two kids from different fathers.

November 26, 2014 Themes: Physical violence Programs: Gender Justice

Eu era uma vÁ­tima de violência

Eu era uma vÁ­tima de violência

Meu nome é Sandra de 46 anos de idade, sou viúva hÁ¡ 8 anos. Sou mãe de 5 filhos com 26, 23, 20, 18 e 9 anos.

Eu conheci o meu marido quando eu tinha apenas 18 anos e ele era 15 anos mais velho de que eu e estava divorciado. A primeira esposa dele tinha-o abandonado Á¡ cerca de 3 anos e tinha-se casado com outro homem. Eu fui viver com o meu marido na casa dele. Era uma casa de madeira e zinco com 2 compartimentos pequenos.

November 26, 2014 Themes: Emotional violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zambia: I struggled to find happiness in my life

Zambia: I struggled to find happiness in my life

My name is Moira Namumba I was born in 1977 and raised in a loving family. I did my primary education in the late 80s, wrote grade seven examinations and qualified to grade 8 at a girls’ school in Luangwa District. When I was in grade 9

Lesotho: Life was not easy

I am writing the story of my life whereby when I was young I was raped by a man much older than me. It was at night and we had already gone to bed, he entered and took me, he undressed me, I cried but he told me to stop and I stopped crying.

November 24, 2014 Themes: Sexual violence Programs: Gender Justice

South Africa: A tale of cyclical abuse

South Africa: A tale of cyclical abuse

My name is Marian. I have a 28 year old son. I stay alone in a two-roomed shack and it has been a month since Thabo my boyfriend moved out. I started staying with Thabo in 1995 and that time he was treating me well. Back then, I was working as a domestic worker and he was working for a construction company. After sometime, he started to change. One afternoon when I came back from work I found him in bed with his first wife’s sister.

November 24, 2014 Themes: Gender violence Programs: Gender Justice