Four changes have helped to define the last 10 years as a decade of growing voices and choices for women and girls.
A 49-year-old mother of two, Lemeima mint El Hadrami, has said, “I refused to marry off my daughter for a simple, good reason: I want my daughter to be empowered. I don’t want her to go through the same difficulties I did when I was young.”
She had known he was hot tempered when they married three years ago, but he didn’t start pushing and kicking her until after the wedding. The abuse quickly escalated, especially when he was drunk.
Chifundo Tindo was facing rejection when she began dating. Tindo lived with HIV for years before learning, at age 14, about her status.
A global organisation of Parliaments, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has published a comprehensive set of guidelines to combat sexual harassment and violence against women in parliament. It was on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.