Stories of Change

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Project Tearfund - DRC
03 juillet 2018 Mon nom est Uwezo BAGHUMA. Ces trois dernières années, je travaille sur un projet qui étudie le rôle des chefs religieux, compte tenu de leur influence et stature au sein de leur communauté.

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Project Tearfund - DRC
On the power of the faith leader in the fight against harmful behaviour, which supports violence against women and girls (VAWG)July 03, 2018 My name is UWEZO BAGHUMA LELE, and for last three years I have been working on a project, which looks at the roles religious leaders play in…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Pakistan
  • Project Right to Play - Pakistan
She knows now that she is something… she values herself 12-year-old Mahnoor – clad in a simple blue and white uniform with the usual head-scarf -skipped home happily after a regular day at school in Hyderabad, Pakistan. With mundane thoughts of school and homework on her mind, she did not…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Rwanda
  • Project Indashyikirwa - Rwanda
Rachel Kwizera CARE Rwanda Indashyikirwa (Agents for Change) is an intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention project being implemented across seven Districts in the Western, Northern and Eastern provinces of Rwanda. The programme targets both partners of couples through a series of reflection sessions that challenge causes of gender based violence…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Rwanda
  • Project Indashyikirwa - Rwanda
Indashyikirwa is a multi-collaborator programme to prevent intimate partner violence prevention (IPV), across rural Rwanda. It is being implemented by CARE Rwanda, Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) and Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre (RWAMREC). A critical component of the programme is the creation of women’s safe spaces dedicated to offering informal support…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Kenya
Read about an ordinary day for an extraordinary woman living in one of the world’s largest refugee camps. February 26, 2018 My name is Miriam. I was born in Somalia. My family fled the war in 1992 when I was one year old, and I have lived in Dadaab refugee camp—one of…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Pakistan
  • Project Right to Play - Pakistan
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Pakistan
  • Project Right to Play - Pakistan
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…
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Nepal
  • Project VSO International - Nepal
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Afghanistan
  • Project Help the Afghan Children - Afghanistan
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & economic empowerment, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Rwanda
  • Project Indashyikirwa - Rwanda
I felt I had power within myself that allowed me to do something with my fellow women.. Indashyikirwa Programme, Rwanda

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Tajikistan
  • Project International Alert - Tajikistan
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Tajikistan
  • Project International Alert - Tajikistan
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.

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & education, VAWG & economic empowerment, VAWG & social norms
  • Country India, South Africa
  • Project Karnataka Health Promotion Trust - India, Stepping Stones and Creating Futures - South Africa
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country India
  • Project Karnataka Health Promotion Trust - India
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country India
  • Project Karnataka Health Promotion Trust - India
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Tajikistan
  • Project International Alert - Tajikistan
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.

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & social norms
  • Country Nepal
  • Project Equal Access - Nepal
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…

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  • VAWG themes VAWG & economic empowerment, VAWG & social norms
  • Country Bangladesh
  • Project HERrespect - Bangladesh
HERrespect, Bangladesh Engaging male supervisors to tackle violence at work in the ready-made garment sector of Bangladesh