The I Stories is a series of 20 first hand accounts of gender violence from across Southern Africa produced by the GL Opinion and Commentary Service for the Sixteen Days of Activism. Covering topics such as gender violence and the law; domestic work; children; HIV and AIDS and sexual orientation, a foreword to the book warns that these stories “are not for your comfort. Told with the rawness and pain with which they have been experienced, they will shock and upset you… But they will also give you hope. Hope that women in our region are speaking out. Hope that many years too late politicians have recognised that women’s rights are human rights. Hope that our best bet in getting action taken is by breaking the silence.”
The book, which will be launched in Johannesburg on 25 November (International Day of No Violence Against Women) at the Take Back the Night Campaign , is accompanied by nine radio interviews (see below). One I Story a day will be featured on the GL website during the Sixteen Day campaign.