Emotional violence

Lesotho: My own father tried to rape me

I am a very young girl and I live with my father. My father has been so good to me since I was a little child and I would tell him everything, he was so close to me and I loved him very much. I am going to tell a story about my father, it is not a very long story and it happened once and recently, I still do not believe that my own father tried to do that to me.

September 15, 2014 Themes: Emotional violence Programs: Gender Justice

Southern Africa: Drumming for gender justice

Southern Africa: Drumming for gender justice

Johannesburg, 29 May: At a drumming circle and candle light vigil held on at the SADC Gender Protocol Summit, gender activists were drumming for gender justice

Southern Africa: Drum beats to #bring back our girls!

Southern Africa: Drum beats to #bring back our girls!

Johannesburg, 29 May: The second day of the SADC Gender Protocol Summit ended with a drumming circle and candle light vigil to protest

Lesotho: Emotional abuse

I was in an emotionally abusive relationship. I was married to my husband for five years. When we first met he told me he fell in love with me at first sight and that he wanted to know as much about me as possible. He was five years older than me and I believed in him.

Lesotho: Forced into marriage that I did not like and ended up contracting HIV…

I am a Mosotho woman and I was raised by my grandmother. I was born in the late 60’s during the time when there was political fighting in the country. My parents died during the 1970’s curfew and I was left with my younger brother and we had no choice but to move in with our grandparents.

Lesotho:Shadi’s story

I was married to man at the age of 15 and apparently he had already had two wives, I did not know as I was forced into that marriage. I am a Mosotho woman aged 46 and I live at Linakeng, I have six children with different men.

Lesotho: Abused by my bosses

Living in someone’s house is sometimes the worst nightmare of all, but sometimes it can be the best gift of all. I used to see people living very happily with their bosses but my case was different.

Lesotho: A painful marriage without kids

My name is Sally. I got married in 1978. It was a beautiful day when I wedded my husband. It was a white wedding. We did not have children for about two years. We thought it was because we were both working and apart from each other. During the third year, we decided to work hard to have kids but it seemed that everything was not fine.

Lesotho: My husband was unfaithful

I got married in 2009 and when I did, I was 25 years old. My husband, back then, was the best thing that had ever happened to me and all I could ask for in a man. Things were okay until he got a job in South Africa.

Lesotho: Malira

I am a Mosotho married woman and I would like to call myself Malira in this story. I am 40 years old and I live at Mohlakeng in the district of Thaba-Tseka. In 1992 I was working at the Ministry of Roads and I was working in my village. We were improving our community’s roads and we were paid money that helped us and our families. I was taking care of my family as I was married.