Impact Stories

Friday, 08 December 2017 09:35

Tales of transformation

Right to Play, Pakistan Faiza, Manzil , Nazreen, Saima, Anmol Rani and Nimra from class 7th of girl’s government school in, Hyderabad are best friends. The six girls are Junior Leaders of their school-based programme, Right To Play. This programme and their friendship is built on the opportunities for interaction that emerged through the Right To Play activities in their…
Right to Play, Pakistan A bright prospect for district Hyderabad’s under 17 girls cricket team, 14-year-old Hira, who goes to a girls’ secondary school in Pakistan, is an exceptional player despite her extremely poor background, and lacking basic resources. Hira’s parents are illiterate; her father works as a mechanic in a workshop and so spending even the minimum on education…
Friday, 08 December 2017 08:34

Nazia learns to manage her emotions

Right to Play, Pakistan Nazia is twenty from Hyderabad, she grew up in a very conservative religious family, and was not allowed to continue her regular education after her Intermediate school phase. According to her teacher, when Nazia was much younger, she was a very different person to who she is today; shy and not very active either in school…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 08:00

On becoming an entrepreneur

One Community, One Family Programme, Nepal My name is Parbati*, I am 24-years-old, married, and live in Kathekhola Rural Municipality in Baglung district. This is my story. I have been married for four years and there are seven people in my family, I live with my in-laws, my husband and my two sons. Before marriage, I always worried about the…
Help the Afghan Children (HTAC), Afghanistan Shakira grew up in Afghanistan amidst more than four decades of war and conflict, which have severely impacted both social and psychological growth, resulting in conflict and violence becoming a common part of everyday life, particularly affecting children. Shakira was no exception and says that her own behaviour also worsened because of this situation,…
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00

Eugenia’s story

I felt I had power within myself that allowed me to do something with my fellow women.. Indashyikirwa Programme, Rwanda Eugenia is a 35-year-old woman from a rural village in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. She is married and has a son and a daughter and they live off produce from their land. There are limited employment opportunities in her…
Monday, 04 December 2017 00:00

Firuzah’s story

Zindagii Shoista: Living with Dignity, Tajikistan Firuzah is a 44-year-old married woman from Tajikistan. She had a difficult time adapting from economic dependency when her husband was deported from Russia, where he worked as a labour migrant, and lost his job. When Firuzah’s husband lost his job and could no longer provide for the family he became nervous and stressed.…
Sunday, 03 December 2017 00:00

Gulshan wants to graduate

Zindagii Shoista: Living with Dignity, Tajikistan Gulshan is an unmarried 21-year-old woman from Tajikistan, who aims to graduate from a University this year. She participated in the International Alert-led Zindagii Shoista - Living with Dignity’ project last year. The International Alert-led project “Zindagii Shoista - Living with dignity” is tackling violence against women and girls through targeting families and challenging…
Saturday, 02 December 2017 00:00

When Nompu found a job

Project Empower and HEARD, Stepping Stones, Creating Futures Project, South Africa. In 2012 *Nompu was one of the growing number of young women living in an urban informal settlement in South Africa. Nompu had moved from rural KwaZulu-Natal to Durban, a port city on the east coast of Africa, in the hope of finding a job and establishing a better…
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00

David stops hitting

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Samvedana Plus project, India   David* is a 25 year old man, who works as driver and is married. He has had an ongoing intimate relationship with a FSW for more than seven years. They have had a difficult relationship for many years, which has often led to him physically abusing her. The IP counsellor met him…
Thursday, 30 November 2017 08:00

Gowri starts to use condoms

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Samvedana Plus project, India   Gowri* is a 35-year-old sex worker with a daily clientele. She has two regular intimate partners, with whom she reports being very compatible. As a result, she does not experience violence in intimate relationships. Given the intimacy and trust she enjoys with them, she does not use condoms in their intimate relationships.…
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:00

Alisher’s Story

Zindagii Shoista: Living with Dignity, Tajikistan *Alisher is a 50-year-old married man from Tajikistan. He has five children, two sons and three daughters. “When it comes to family relationships it is very difficult to have an impact”, says Alisha. “I want to point out that if a family has certain problem it means that there is something wrong with the…
Change Starts at Home, Nepal “In the past my husband used to abuse me. He didn’t count me or our daughters as human beings… he used to force me into having sex.” That is how Bikani, a Nepali woman, with two daughters, initially summarized her ten-year marriage. The experience of Ashram and Bikani is not uncommon in Nepal. A recent…
Monday, 27 November 2017 08:00

How Momin* was helped to change his ways

HERrespect, Bangladesh Engaging male supervisors to tackle violence at work in the ready-made garment sector of Bangladesh Imagine the life of a typical female worker in a ready-made garment (RMG) factory in Bangladesh. It is hard work. She can easily work up to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. The clock is ever ticking and she knows she…
Sunday, 26 November 2017 08:00

Gulina’s story

Zindagii Shoista: Living with Dignity, Tajikistan Gulina* is a young woman from Tajikistan. She was married at an early age to Zafar*, a labour migrant, and lives with her extended family, as is tradition in the region. Her in-laws treated Gulina cruelly. Her mother-in-law managed all the household finances, controlling Gulina’s movements and access to money. As a wife, Gulina…
Saturday, 25 November 2017 08:00

Amanda finds her voice

Stepping Stones Creating Futures, South Africa. When *Amanda looks around the community she grew up in, she does not see progress; instead, she sees high unemployment, teenage pregnancy, crime and many young women living in social isolation. Amanda is a 25-year-old woman from an informal settlement in South Africa. There are little to no employment opportunities in the community she…