Emotional violence

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The mysterious death of my husband tortured me emotionally

My name is Vee* I got married in December 1980. I lived happily with my husband and God blessed our marriage with four children. My husband was a soldier and we were living a decent life. Unfortunately, my husband’s life was cut short and his death marked the genesis of the challenges that I am […]

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

The Safe Haven Halfway Home – Mauritius

The SAFE HAVEN HALFWAY HOME (SHHH) is a temporary shelter for teenage girls who are homeless due to abuse and rejection from family members. September 2017, Gender Links Mauritius opened the first halfway home in Mauritius called Safe Haven. A Halfway Home is a place that serves as a residence for people in need; providing them with the necessary skills […]

Zimbabwe: Deflowered and rejected

I first fell in love during my first year in secondary school but lost my virginity four years later to the same boyfriend. He did not force me but I had only accepted with the condition of never returning to my parents’ place. We then started staying as husband and wife and for four years […]