Frozen: A recounting of abuse

It is standard that young girls are told not to walk alone at night. It is standard that women are taught basic self-defense against boys who might violate their bodies. It is standard that girls are expected to take safety precautions against boys, because boys are expected to hurt us emotionally and physically. No matter […]

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I am by a still pond

This short story, with a hint of magical realism, is about the author’s struggle to leave a destructive relationship. I am by a still pond. Rather I am lying by a still pond. The ground is moist and I am alone. The edge of the water is nearly kissing my cheek but I don’t care, […]

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Bethany Christian Trust: Gender-based violence and homelessness

When we think about the causes of homelessness, we often think about addictions, unemployment, poverty, physical and mental health difficulties. And while these are certainly contributory factors, in most cases the final factor is when the last supportive relationship keeping someone in secure accommodation breaks down.   In some cases, that relationship can break down […]

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My life with FGM: Aisha’s story

43 years ago, there was a girl born into this world under the heat of the Sudanese sun. She was born like most girls are born into this world – two arms, two legs, a healthy beating heart, and shrieking, reassuringly, when air first expanded her tiny lungs. This little girl’s mother must have frantically […]

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What is gender-based violence?

Whenever venturing to tackle a problem (particularly collaboratively), it is absolutely integral that such a problem is adequately defined. So, what is gender-based violence? The European Institute for Gender Equality defines it as such: ‘”Gender-based violence” and “violence against women” are terms that are often used interchangeably as most gender-based violence is inflicted by men […]

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