Gender based violence

My power taken away

I was married for 18 years. My first child was born in 1991 and the second one in 1995. I stayed with my in-laws from 1988 until 1998. I was treated like a child, and my husband would give his mother money to buy me clothes. I never knew even a mare R50 from my […]

Treated bad because of my background

My name is Precious . I am 35 years old. In 1999 I started dating and I was clueless about dating, I was 18 years and I fell pregnant by the boy I was in love with. I was not ready to be a mother and the boyfriend’s family did not really like me nor […]

November 4, 2019 Themes: Economic violence | Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Living beyond HIV

My name is Racheal , and I am a widow. I had two children and they have both passed on, the first was 24 years when he passed, on the 21 April 2018 and the last one was 40 years and passed away on the 10 July 2018 on his birthday. My stepfather abused me […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Sexual violence Programs: Gender & Governance

Needed my power back

My name is Mary* at the age of 6 years my mother left us because my father abused her. She was the second wife to my father who was a womaniser. While she was still staying with us she got so sick, so much that we thought she would die. My mother hired a woman […]

November 1, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: Gender & Governance

My life, my journey. My tears, my strength. Life is exciting yet so cruel.

My name is Mrosa*. I was raised by a single mother together with my four brothers and a sister. My mother had to work hard for us and far away from home in order to put food on the table. She would visit after 3 months. My brothers were barely home most of the time. […]

I continue to live in fear

My name is Nomsa. I stay Ga-Mashashane, Mohlonong. I was married in the Mabotja family from 2007. Things were fine between me and my husband until 2013. In 2013 he started drinking and abusing me physically. He would come home and beat me up after drinking. I had to run to the police station trying […]

I continue to live in fear of my life and my children’s life.

My name is Nomsa  I stay Ga-Mashashane, Mohlonong. I was married in the Mabotja family from 2007. Things were fine between me and my husband until 2013. In 2013 he started drinking and abusing me physically. He would come home and beat me up after drinking. I had to run to the police station trying […]

In laws from hell

My name is Sarah* I was married at the age of 27 but I entered with Satan in my marriage. My sisters in law abused me and that lead my husband to abuse me as well. They told him he cannot work for me he must help his mother as his father had passed on.  […]

That is the life I am leaving.

My name is Cecilia, I am the fourth child in a family of five. I had my child when I was 17 years. I started dating at a very young age because of the poverty at home. My mother could not afford to buy me clothes.  Teachers at my school used to give me clothes […]

Zimbabwe: The ill-treatment from my boss was a blessing to my success

I am a 32 year old married mother of two children. When I was married I stayed at home without a job for more than four years. I then got employed as a pre-school teacher in our neighbourhood. I would leave my place early in the morning then go to the learners’ homes to pick […]

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