Bangladesh’s Dowry Extortions & Deaths
The Bibi Zohora Story
"Bibi Zohora, 19, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with a severely broken neck. Tortured by her in-laws for dowry, she had returned to her parental home in Nolua, Kabirhat, Noakhali and had a failed attempt to commit suicide by hanging herself from a mango tree."
Pakistan’s Acid Attacks
Saira was attacked with acid by her fiance after refusing to move in with him before the wedding.
20 years old, over 30 operations, attacked by a boy on her way to school
34 years old, 28 operations, attacked by her in-laws after a dispute over money
"It is a heinous crime that leaves its victims suffering not only physical scars but mental ones too, often leading them into a life of isolation and stigmatization."
Photographer and Filmmaker
Women Fighting Back Sexual & Domestic Abuse In Uganda
Hajara Mukyala’s with her two children. Hajara is a sex worker and violence survivor. She was raped when she was 14 and became pregnant and was infected by HIV from the rape. She had no choice but turn to prostitution to give her children an education. Hajara suffered horrific violence from her customers. She joined Tusitukirewamu Women’s Group in Bwaise to help other women.
Rose Kabasinjuzi (23) Bwaise, Kampala. Rose has a daughter called Diana. Rose turned to sex work to give Diana an education. She has been on the receiving end of brutal violence against her many times. She is a beneficiary and campaigner for Tusitukirewamu Women’s Group in Bwaise
Sara, was raped by her uncle at 8 years old. She was outcast for catching a disease as a result of that rape. She received help from Makerere Women’s Development Association (MAWEDA), Kampala. She now is a campaigner herself.
"Uganda’s track record in addressing violence against women is still far from satisfactory. Women feel too unsafe to go to the police and continuously are let down by the justice system."
‘We Don’t Want You Here!’
Women In The U.S. Military
The Pain After Sexual Harassment & Rape
Candice Harrington, 36 years old, New Haven, Connecticut
She was deployed in Kuwait for 8 months and in a classified base in Afghanistan for 6 months. Candice has been raped several times and reported the crime to her superior. Was sent home with a honorable discharge in the attempt to cover up the abuse. She’s still waiting for the verdict. She wants to go back in the military otherwise, she says, they won.
Betty Kilbrigh, 38 years old, Austin, Texas
She joined the military in 1989. Betty specializes in military transport; she drove jeeps, trailer trucks, trucks and heavy equipment transporters. She was deployed in a base on Saudi Arabia closed to the Iranian border, where she was raped. She says: Sexual harassment is a constant practice, if they didn’t respect us at the base, how could they respect us and protect us in the battle field?
Lisa Morgan Wallace, 29 years old, Austin, Texas
She was deployed in the navy, on guided missile cruiser in charge of anti submarine warfare, in the Persian Gulf close to the coast of Iraq. Between 2004 and 2005 Lisa was stationed in a ship with 600 men and two other women soldiers. During that period, Lisa was sexually assaulted many times, though her first assault already happened in 2001 at the naval academy. All the three girls deployed on the ship developed serious panic disorders. One of the girls became suicidal. After a long period of incidents, all of them broke down and were put into interrogation, after which they were discharged. It took many years to regain a normal life.
"One out of every three American women soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan has been the victim of sexual abuse on the part of male US soldiers, ‘and 71 to 90% say they were the object of harassment by their male comrades-in-arms, subjected to constant denigration, insults and vulgar slurs."
Why Do Abducted (Virgin) Brides In Georgia Decide To Stay?
“I was engaged, when my classmate decided to steal me. He was in love with me from first class, but for me he was just a friend. I was very afraid because he all the time said “U will be my wife or I will kill u ".So in my wedding day he came and stole me and bring to his grandmother house, I was crying and hitting him, but he did his “job”."
Women’s Hardship In Unsafe Urban Spaces
Sok leang is a 37 year old mother of 3 who works Phnom Penh’s streets at night as a sex worker to support her children. Most women like Sok Leang are forced in the black market sex trade out of economic necessity.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This informal settlement, not far from Wat Phnom houses more than 200 sex workers. The street are very poorly lit and the living conditions are basic. Many women share small rooms in group dwellings. The rooms have no cooking facilities. Bathroom facilities are limited to urns under houses or none at all. If there is space to bathe, it is communal and provides very little privacy. Drug users and gangsters are very common in and around this area.
A female garment worker walks home alone.
"Most of the 500m walk from the main road to her house is unlit.
‘I feel unfordable when I leave work. I often run at night as these is a lot of verbal harassment when you leave the factor. men call out to you’ he girl, where you going?” sometimes they follow you for a laugh. This is scary. The last 100m is pitch black and I run’’
Phnom Penh, Cambodia"