Intimate partner violence

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

SADC Gender Barometer 2020 Foreword by Dr. T

By Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, Johannesburg, 9 August 2020: #VoiceandChoice resonates with the subject closest to my heart: quality sexual and reproductive health services. Without voice there is no choice. Without choice women and girls have little hope of realising their full potential in their public and private lives. Their choices must be supported with access […]

Online communities, safe spaces for LGBTI persons

Online communities, safe spaces for LGBTI persons

By Andile Tshuma Bulawayo, 30 April: While freedom of movement has often been taken for granted, people are starting to appreciate small things about life in the era of lockdowns. The raging covid-19 has forced countries to effect lockdowns which have seen people being confined to their homes. While the move to confine people to […]

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

Violence against women and girls: the shadow pandemic

UN Women Press statement New York, 7 April: With 90 countries in lockdown, four billion people are now sheltering at home from the global contagion of COVID-19. It’s a protective measure, but it brings another deadly danger. We see a shadow pandemic growing, of violence against women. As more countries report infection and lockdown, more […]

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

ESwatini: Engage men in the elimination of GBV

By Ncane Maziya, Mbabane, 11 December : “Sita ungamushayi, ungambulali umakwehlula mbuyisele ekhaya” (please don’t beat or kill her, if you had enough or tired of her take her back to her parental home) On 25 November which was the first day of the 16 Days of Activism, Times of Swaziland published a story  that […]

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: Unhappy in my marriage

My name is Martha* I am a married woman aged 40. I went to school up to tertiary education level. At ordinary level I passed five subjects and I proceeded to do a diploma Religious Studies. I now have four children.  Currently, I am teaching at a private school and lowly paid. My husband is […]

Zimbabwe: I regret the day I met Doubt*

I was staying with my sister and her husband when I met Doubt*, the father of my child. My sister and her husband were paying for my studies at a local vocational training centre. Doubt* convinced me to abandon the course and move in with him. Doubt* promised to take proper care of me and […]

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

Zimbabwe: Mike* ruined my life

I eloped to my former husband at the age of 17. My mother had tried to encourage me to focus on education but the advice fell on deaf ears. My father had died when I was still a toddler. My mother worked hard to feed, clothe and pay for my educational needs. When I broke […]

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

Zimbabwe: I regret dropping out of school

When my parents died, I was taken in by my paternal grandmother and my uncle took care of my educational needs. I then dropped out of school and am currently staying in an abusive marriage. I was impregnated whilst still at school and my in-laws accepted me because I was only fifteen years by then. […]

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

Zimbabwe: I regret being married to a liar and cheat

In 2013 I got married to Upenyu* whilst I had one child from my previously failed marriage. Upenyu* lied to me that he was never married before. I later realised that he had four children from two previous marriages. All the four children were staying with their maternal relatives. I was working as a nurse […]

October 10, 2019 Themes: Intimate partner violence Programs: Gender & Governance