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.

Business brings my family back together!

It was 7 January 2014 when my husband got a car accident in his work place and passed on. We had three children with him, one being a girl and two boys. Two were at tertiary and the youngest doing form 4 at the time. Trouble started when I was accused of killing my husband. […]

July 12, 2019 Themes: Business | GBV | Gender equality | Local Government Programs: Gender & Governance

Botswana: Disabled and Abused

I am a disabled person and afflicted with Down syndrome. I have lived through abuse from 2006 up to the present time. One of my relatives does not like me at all to a point where she would sometimes take my blankets and hide them under the chairs. Other times she would take my body […]

July 4, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Botswana: No more abuse, i am in control

I was 40 years of age  I have been living in an abusive relationship without realizing that the man whom I loved so much that even when he treated me badly I thought it was because of love, was actually abusing me. I was also afraid of him because he was much older than me. […]

July 4, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Botswana:There is life after abuse

I am a lady of 60 years of age. I am from Kanye and I started to attend Gender Links workshops. I learnt a lot about different forms of gender-based violence like sexual abuse, physical abuse, and that life goes on after being abused. This has boosted my morale regarding all that I faced after […]

July 4, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Economic Justice

Zimbabwe: My humbleness has finally paid off

“Gender Links (GL) opened my eyes for I discarded the notion that there are jobs that can be done by males only and some by females only. I was taught that I can be my own boss,” gleefully said Evelyn.  Evelyn Mashonganyika is my name and I joined GL entrepreneurship programme in 2018. I have […]

Zimbabwe: Eggs business has changed my lifestyle

At first I thought that the abuse that I was facing was never going to end but with the training that I got from Gender Links all is now history. I am now sharing with others on how to prosper when running a business. I joined Gender Links (GL) in 2018 and the facilitators were […]

Botswana: Bitterness is gone

I am a 54 year old, married in 1992. I had four boys in the marriage and divorced in 2003. I looked down upon myself and had nothing to do until I met Gender Links (GL) and they educated us on abuse and how to move from being a victim to being a survivor.

November 8, 2016 Themes: Emotional violence Programs: 16 Days of Activism 2015 | Gender Justice

Mauritius: Realising my self- worth

During the Entrepreneurship training in October 2013 I shared everything about my life and problems. I was relieved because I needed to pour my heart out. It was the first step to the change in my personal and professional life.

South Africa: Now my husband and I respect each other

My first day attending a Gender Links (GL) workshop was so difficult because I was one of the victims. I thought I did not have any problem but at the end of the Gender Links workshop I discovered that I do have a problem.

Swaziland: Saved from the economic violence of widowhood

When I lost my husband, I did not only lose him but I lost all my hopes and dreams. I lost my sense of belonging, my freedom and stability. The sad part of it is that my husband’s family blamed me for his death.

November 18, 2015 Themes: Economic violence Programs: 16 Days of Activism 2015 | Gender Justice