“We became strong, strident and determined. The women in Juarez do not accept their fate.”  
Veronica Corchado, cultural professional, Juarez, Mexico

Martha

“I have to have money so I can protect my child.”

Name: Martha
Age: 14

It was dark. I learned that I could walk into the town centre to get something to eat and clean clothes but I always went back to the railway station.  After a while I was arrested there and locked up. My father came and got me and took me back to Minya but I ran away again. I went back to the railway station and the boys and girls there. I was better off there.

I don’t know what the future holds.


Love

“I became a child soldier to avenge my father’s death.” 


Name:
Love
Age:
22


Javiera

“He laid the shame on me by saying – Look what you made me do.”


Name:
Javiera
Age: 33


Mariana

“When I was nine years old he made a woman of me.”


Name
: Mariana
Age: 32 


Themba

“They called me a bloody lesbian and raped me.”  


Name:
Themba
Age:
29


Svetlana

“We have to share a home. I’ve nowhere to go.”


Name:
Svetlana
Age: 38


Cathy and Michael

“What’s wrong with me, choosing a man like that?”


Name:
Cathy and Michael
Age:
39 and 19

Cathy: 
I’m a Christian, and for me my divorce was a huge failure. I wanted to be married and live a secure and stable family life, that was what I really wanted. He knew that. He made me believe that he wanted the same.