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‘Mum does not cry or scream anymore’: Breaking the silence of domestic abuse in Tajikistan

(UN News)*One third of women in Tajikistan are subjected to violence by their husbands, but very few cases are reported. Social and legal support, provided through the joint EU/UN Spotlight Initiative, is helping affected women to protect their rights.
Shermatova Marjona is a 35-year-old mother of three.

© UNICEF/M.Ruziev | Shermatova Marjona is a 35-year-old mother of three.

Like many women in Tajikistan, Shermatova Marjona has experienced gender-based violence.

Ms. Shermatova met her husband while she was working abroad as a cleaner in Moscow, Russia. It wasn’t long before they were married, and he persuaded her to send all the money she earned to her father-in-law in Tajikistan, who was to use the funds to build a house for them.

Once construction had begun, Ms. Shermatova and her husband returned to Tajikistan. She used the last of her savings to put a roof on the house, install windows and doors, and to paint the rooms. The family lived in the semi-finished home together. In addition, she provided her father-in-law with money almost daily, whenever he would ask for it.

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