Gender Justice

Zimbabwe: Born in a polygamous family ruined my future

I am a 41 year old divorcee. I was born in a polygamous family and that contributed to the ruinous life that I am living. My late mother was the second to be married to my late father who already had lots of other children from his many wives. My late father did not allow […]

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

Zimbabwe: Lived a pure life and later infected with an STI

My name is Thandeka* I was born in 1974 and I grew up as a well mannered person because of the religion I believed. Our religion taught us to be boys and girls who respected their virginity. When I was in grade seven tried to sexually abuse and he failed. He made several attempts but […]

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

Zimbabwe: Abandoned by our mother and later abused in marriage

My name is Mamoyo* I was born to a family of two and my parents separated when I was eight years old. The situation exposed me to abuse and created a bad foundation for my life.  I started living with my younger sister and my father after my mother had left. The reason why mother […]

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

Zimbabwe: I have never known any happiness in my life

I grew up staying with my maternal grandfather after my parents divorced. My mother then behaved like a loose cannon and was well known for bedding other women’s husbands. My grandfather did not condone her behaviour and she sent her away from his homestead. She returned after several years when she was seriously ill and […]

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

Zimbabwe: Primrose

I was born and bred in Makonde district. I also did my primary and secondary education in the same district whilst staying with my late father and stepmother. My parents had divorced when I was still young and my late father had insisted that my mother leaves me behind. My late father was a loving […]

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

Zimbabwe: The mistake of my life

My name is Martha* and the only girl in a family of five children. I used to be very close to all my brothers such that I would even sleep in their bedroom together with them. We all saw nothing bad about that though my mother discouraged me against such acts. My father was not […]

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

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