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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 9

20 Nov, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 9

"I vividly recall being a 14-year-old 9th grader with my hands filled with textbooks as I exited the high school I attended," Trevicia, now 47, wrote in the testimony. "Instead of riding the bus home, as I usually did, my mother was there to pick me up for the marriage that she and the head of the church she attended had arranged.”
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 8

19 Oct, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 8

Muniba Mazari decided to find her inner strength by using art as a tool after a car accident which left her paralysed, nine years ago. A dreamer, Ms Mazari chose art as a way to break free from the fetters of her physical disability and transcend into the vibrant world of her dreams.
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 6

26 Apr, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 6

Yalemwork was married when she was just 3 years old but has since become a key advocate for ending child marriage in her community. The UK funded Finote Hiwot programme runs community discussions about early marriage in her village which has resulted in many girls like Yalemwork escaping child marriage.
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 5

19 Apr, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 5

"[Forced marriage] means they lose their future. They stop education. They lose their hope for living. And many of them are exposed to rape and domestic violence. This is not a life. It has to change. Girls are girls. Not wives. And it can be changed." 
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 4

17 Mar, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 4

"Although I knew of the consequences of an early marriage, I still ended up getting married at 14 because my parents are extremely poor. At the time of the wedding, I was very nervous. I didn’t know my husband – even now I don’t know his age. I think he’s around 25 and he works in sales. I didn't want to move into his house. I remember crying a lot. Everyone around me somehow convinced me though." 
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 3

15 Mar, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 3

Photojournalist Daro Sulakauri grew up in Georgia and remembers one of her classmates getting married when they were both only 12. "I had this disturbed feelings in a way", she remembers. "I felt like something was wrong. But I didn't understand what it was." 
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Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 2

27 Feb, 2017

Real Women, Real Stories: Issue 2

"A good girl should be silent. A good girl should not talk about her future. A good girl should listen to her family even if they say you have to marry with him, or him, or him. So a good girl means you should be like a dog—everyone can play with you." 
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