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Call to action: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Catherine Sozi, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa’s video message to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

“This year the United Nations marks 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence by taking a stand against rape.
Gender-based violence is directed at a person because of his or her sex assigned at birth or gender identity.
It includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial and psychological violence, in public or private life.
And it disproportionately affects women.
Put yourself in my shoes. All I want is to feel safe, no matter where I am.
Every time we remain silent, we conspire against women and girls.
So, let’s not be silent.
Not because women are our mothers, sisters, wives or loved ones, but because women are people.”


16 STORIES FOR 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

  • Kenigisa Sandriano

    Kenigisa Sandriano

    Mukono, Uganda

    My name is Sandriano, AKA Rasta Pussy. I stay in Mukono, Uganda. I have two kids; a Danish boy who is 9 years old and an Indian daughter who is five. This Indian man was the one who taught me heroin, but we divorced. What is paining me

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  • Hope Harriet Waseni

    Hope Harriet Waseni

    Munyono Landing Site, Uganda

    My name is Hope Harriet Waseni. My working name is Cindy. Formerly I was a sex worker; nowadays I no longer go to the landing sites. I stopped last year. My organization is called Justice and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls Foundation. I started it

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  • Magreth Frederick Chitinya

    Magreth Frederick Chitinya

    Dodoma, United Republic of Tanzania

    I am 19 years old and have worked in different houses as a domestic worker since I was 15 years old when I finished Grade 7, which I didn’t pass. My family couldn’t afford to send me to private school to continue my education. The

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  • Tsebo Makakole

    Tsebo Makakole

    Morija, Lesotho

    This is a true story. It all started in 2018 at Thabeng High School, when I saw a new girl. She was short, beautiful and brown in complexion. She was a cool, quiet and generous girl. She liked people as much as they liked her. She took good

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