Intimate partner violence

Zimbabwe: Abused, dumped and raped

I did not go far with education and got married early at the age of fifteen. Mike* who was my first husband worked as a gardener in Harare. His employers trusted him because he of his honesty and hard work. They bought us a four roomed house in the Harare’s dormitory suburb of Chitungwiza.  Our […]

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

Zimbabwe: Never enjoyed early days of my married life

My name is Dollie*. I did not do well in school and my focus was only on playing and relaxing at home. I found a person who wanted to marry me and I got excited of getting married although my parents had other plans and high hopes for me. They wanted me to rewrite ordinary […]

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

Zimbabwe: Married at 17 due to poverty

I stayed with my aunt and her husband whilst still going to primary school. I was exposed to some of the most abuses during that time. My parents were both staying in the rural areas and they could not afford to send me to school. My aunt appeared as a saviour when she asked my […]

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

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 […]

Zimbabwe: I regret the second chance I blew up at school

I did primary and secondary education in Kadoma. I did not do well at school because of bad company. My mother felt that I had to repeat my secondary school final year. At first I was very serious with my school work but after a few months I got friends with bad company again. Most […]

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

Zimbabwe: Moving from one abusive marriage to another

My name is Juliet Makaza* I was born in 1967 to a family of 11. Our family was made up of three boys and eight girls. The family was too big for our parents and they failed to build our future. I failed to go to school because our parents could not afford. I went […]

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

Zimbabwe: Peter* messed my life

I got pregnant while still going to school and that forced me to abandon my formal education prematurely. My parents sent me away from home and I was left with no choice but to head to my boyfriend’s place. He accepted me since he knew that he had forced me into having unprotected sex with […]

Zimbabwe: My whole life is a mess

I lost my virginity at thirteen to a man who was aged nineteen in Mutare, Manicaland Province. He later became my first husband and had one child from that marriage. He was very abusive, a drunkard and would sleep out anytime. He would not tolerate being asked where he would have spent the night. He […]

Zimbabwe: My life in hell

My abuse started whilst I was only seven years old when my parents got divorced. I stayed with my father who later remarried and my step-mother treated me inhumanely. I decided to look for my biological mother but heard from her relatives that she had also remarried and would not be comfortable to stay with […]

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

Zimbabwe: The suffering I had from my husband

We stayed in the farming area of Mhangura, Mashonaland West Province together with my family. My husband, Farai*, never paid anything to my parents but was very abusive. I had last seen my mother in 2005 till when I paid a visit to Buhera, Manicaland Province, in 2014. When I visited my birth place in […]