Intimate partner violence

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 […]

Zimbabwe: Regretting my second marriage

I had been happily married and had four children, two daughters and two sons, before my first husband died in a road traffic accident. I was depending on my late husband for everything that we needed in our lives. My late husband had been very supportive and had instructed me to be a full time […]

Zimbabwe: Punished and neglected for failing to conceive

I am Mambano* who is a 48 year old married woman. I was born from a poor family. My educational period was faced by problems such as non payments of school fees. That led to being sent away from school on numerous occasions. I no longer had any interest in attending school and I was […]

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

Zimbabwe: Cheated by a married man

My name is Enesi*, a single mother who was cheated by a sweet talking married man. I fell in love with Lorence* not knowing that he is a father of three. My parents tried in every way to reason with me so that I knew more about Lorence* but I was adamant that he was […]

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