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.

My power taken away

I was married for 18 years. My first child was born in 1991 and the second one in 1995. I stayed with my in-laws from 1988 until 1998. I was treated like a child, and my husband would give his mother money to buy me clothes. I never knew even a mare R50 from my […]

Treated bad because of my background

My name is Precious . I am 35 years old. In 1999 I started dating and I was clueless about dating, I was 18 years and I fell pregnant by the boy I was in love with. I was not ready to be a mother and the boyfriend’s family did not really like me nor […]

November 4, 2019 Themes: Economic violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Living beyond HIV

My name is Racheal , and I am a widow. I had two children and they have both passed on, the first was 24 years when he passed, on the 21 April 2018 and the last one was 40 years and passed away on the 10 July 2018 on his birthday. My stepfather abused me […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Sexual violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Needed my power back

My name is Mary* at the age of 6 years my mother left us because my father abused her. She was the second wife to my father who was a womaniser. While she was still staying with us she got so sick, so much that we thought she would die. My mother hired a woman […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

My life, my journey. My tears, my strength. Life is exciting yet so cruel.

My name is Mrosa*. I was raised by a single mother together with my four brothers and a sister. My mother had to work hard for us and far away from home in order to put food on the table. She would visit after 3 months. My brothers were barely home most of the time. […]

Is emotional abuse not abuse

My Name is Kedibone* I got married to my husband in 1995 and in 1997 we had our first child this is when he started to abuse me.  He was a very jealous man. When I went to work, he would follow me to make sure I am at work. He used to swear at […]

I continue to live in fear

My name is Nomsa. I stay Ga-Mashashane, Mohlonong. I was married in the Mabotja family from 2007. Things were fine between me and my husband until 2013. In 2013 he started drinking and abusing me physically. He would come home and beat me up after drinking. I had to run to the police station trying […]

In laws from hell

My name is Sarah* I was married at the age of 27 but I entered with Satan in my marriage. My sisters in law abused me and that lead my husband to abuse me as well. They told him he cannot work for me he must help his mother as his father had passed on.  […]

That is the life I am leaving.

My name is Cecilia, I am the fourth child in a family of five. I had my child when I was 17 years. I started dating at a very young age because of the poverty at home. My mother could not afford to buy me clothes.  Teachers at my school used to give me clothes […]

I have been through it all.

My name is Mosima* I fell in love with a man hoping he is the one I will spend the rest of my life with. We have three beautiful children together one girl and two boys. My firstborn daughter, and second born son both grow well in a loving family.  My problems started with the […]