They think they were inserted into Luo Cuifen’s body when she was a baby by grandparents upset she was not a boy. Some of these needles have penetrated vital organs, such as the lungs, liver and kidneys. One has even broken into three pieces in the woman’s brain.
In the former Yugoslav republics, dating violence is common and boys are typically reared to understand force. One organization is using educational brochures and school workshops to teach teens an alternative.
Following the historic enactment of Zimbabwe’s Domestic Violence Act, UNICEF, the Government and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association (ZWALA) are training hundreds of traditional leaders across the country to help fight domestic abuse in their communities.