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16 days of Activism 2014
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16 Days of Activism: Meet Fatoumata Barry, from Guinea

Imagine having your life turned upside down at the age of 25 as a result of sexual violence ? This is what happened to Fatoumata Barry. Fatoumata Barry is a young Guinean woman well educated, well-spoken, and a lover of democracy, freedom, human rights and peace. Her life has been turned upside down as a result of the sexual ...

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16 Days of Activism: Meet Leonie Wangibirwa, from North Kivu – DRC

Leonie Wangibirwa was born in June 1961 in Kayungo, a village in North Kivu province, eastern Congo. Leonie is a mother of five children and a psychosocial counselor in her community in Beni, North Kivu province.  Leonie is a two time rape survivor. She was first raped in 2006 by a civilian while she was going to the fields. ...

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16 Days of Activism: Princess Olufemi-Kayode From Nigeria: “I am More Than A Survivor and My Name is Princess”

My names are Princess Olufemi-Kayode, today an Overcomer. A fifty year old who has dedicated her life to contributing to making prevention of sexual violence and make survivors of victims. My memories fail me most times... as child time fades away. The catchiest scene is of myself and another little boy, doesn’t look like ...

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16 Days Of Activism: Meet Sindiswa (54) from Marikana – South Africa

In 1999 I came from Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape to stay with my sister who was working as a cleaner in the mine at Marikana. I was married before but my husband, who was working in a coal mine in Springs, left me. I worked for a short time as a domestic and then on a tea farm and did some other piece work. I hoped I would ...

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16 Days Of Activism: Meet Wendy Pumza Pretorius, from Marikana – South Africa

My family is originally from the Eastern Cape but now lives in the Free State in a home that my father bought from the gold mine he used to work for there. It is a nice brick house in what would be called a suburb. There are good roads and services and my mother keeps a vegetable garden in the yard. My father was retrenched, ...

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Mavis 16 Days Of Activism: Meet Thumeka Magwangqana , from Marikana – South Africa

My life changed by what happened here in Marikana on 16 August 2012. That day women got together and headed towards the mine but we were too late. We supported the striking workers demands, those were our men and our children but we realised too late what was going to happen. We had no experience of massacres in the past like ...

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16 Days Of Activism: Meet Nozipho Mpahlana, from Marikana – South Africa

I came from the Eastern Cape looking for a job in 1998 and when I couldn’t find one I sold alcohol until I became a community health worker in the following year. Originally I gave support to those with HIV but I now give support on other conditions too, especially those that require chronic medication like diabetes. I am ...