When you are going through something in your marriage, you think about the kids and how you are going to feed the kids if you don’t have him anymore,” Rosalina Moniz, 50 years old, from western Timor-Leste. Rosalina suffered suffered years of domestic violence and felt as if there was no way out. However, women like Rosalina are now able to leave violent relationships and are starting to heal. Rosalina is now able to support her family.
UN Women's "Safe Markets" project is making markets safe so that women can make a living. Since UN Women began working with the local council, the difference in Gerehu has been huge. There is a new toilet and shower block, and construction is underway on two new shelters and an overnight storage container for vendors who travel from remote rural areas. There is also a playground for children whose mothers work and shop at the market.
UN Women is teaching communities how this practice is harmful to girls, causing complications in pregnancy and sexual function. A father in Ethiopia reports on his education about FGM: "We had a lot of resistance to ending female genital mutilation. If a girl isn't circumcised how would she get married? The Health Workers came and gave us a lot of scientific information...It took a long time to convince us, but we don't circumcise our daughters any more."