dfid_uk1 in 4 women experience physical and/or sexual violence during pregnancy which increases the likelihood of having a miscarriage, stillbirth and abortion.UK aid is supporting programmes in 32 countries to end #VAWG.
Rekha is the leader of a UK aid supported women’s rights group – a community based organisation working to enhance equal rights and prevent violence and discrimination against women. Rekha had experienced abuse and violence in her marriage so she is determined to prevent other women going through the same. “My husband grabbed me by my hair, he cut my hair. When I was 8 months pregnant, he punished me in the winter season. He took me up to the pond and forced me into the water up to my neck. It was freezing cold. Then he bandaged all my joints, my knees and elbows, in old cloths and beat them with a hammer.” Thanks to the UK aid supported Banchte Shekha programme, Rekha has been able to break free of the violence and turn her life around. She now works to stop gender-based violence in her community. “If I had a message to other women in this situation, it is 'get educated, protest and know your rights'.”
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