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Zimbabwe: My miscarriages may cost me my marriage

I was born to a very loving and caring father, Davison, who made me what I am today. My mother died when I was only three and left Davison to take care of the family. I grew up doing everything with my brother, Malvin. My father did not remarry for he later told us that […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Emotional violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Lack of financial empowerment exposed me to abuse

My name is Tarvy* I am a woman aged 41. I originated from Masvingo in Zimuto area. As a child I grew up with my parents. I did my ordinary level in the same area and I passed three subjects. After completing my ordinary level studies I stayed at home for some few months.  In […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: I went through hell

My name is Tsitsi* I did not go far with my education as my late grandmother could not afford to pay for my school needs. It was in 1978 when I completed grade seven and had to stay home with her. My mother was just going all over bedding one man after the other. She […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Emotional violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Abused from the tender age of 13

My mother died when I was still very young and I was taken into the care of my mother’s young sister, Tracey* and her husband Danie*. The two were very accommodating to me and many people thought that I was their eldest daughter and not their niece. They had only two children and we were […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Economic violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Unhappy in my marriage

My name is Martha* I am a married woman aged 40. I went to school up to tertiary education level. At ordinary level I passed five subjects and I proceeded to do a diploma Religious Studies. I now have four children.  Currently, I am teaching at a private school and lowly paid. My husband is […]

Zimbabwe: Exposed to GBV and suffered the after effects

My name is Tsitsi* I am a woman aged 56. I am married and I have four children. I am currently living in Norton. I was exposed to a serious case of gender based violence and it affected me emotionally.   It was in 1997 when my neighbour’s husband was not taking care of his family. […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Emotional violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: I regret the day I met Doubt*

I was staying with my sister and her husband when I met Doubt*, the father of my child. My sister and her husband were paying for my studies at a local vocational training centre. Doubt* convinced me to abandon the course and move in with him. Doubt* promised to take proper care of me and […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Economic violence | Intimate partner violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Dependence pushed me on the pangs of emotional abuse

My name is Monkey* I was born in a family of eight that is, five boys and three girls. All our parents are alive and they managed to send all their children to school. I started school in 1996 and I successfully completed my ordinary level (form 4) in 2006. My aim was to enroll […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Emotional violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: A chain of restrictions that shattered my career

My name is Tafadzwa* I am the first born in a family of seven that is four girls and three boys. I grew up in a Christian family that guarded jealously the Christian values. My father was an ordained Catholic priest and he taught Christian values to his children and expects them to live according […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Emotional violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Mike* ruined my life

I eloped to my former husband at the age of 17. My mother had tried to encourage me to focus on education but the advice fell on deaf ears. My father had died when I was still a toddler. My mother worked hard to feed, clothe and pay for my educational needs. When I broke […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Intimate partner violence Programs: Gender Justice