I was a happy woman, wife, and mother before the war came to my front door. After high school, I wanted to earn some money and explore the city so I went to be a babysitter for a family in Bukavu.
I was born in 1975. I wanted to be a doctor when I was young. But I had to stop secondary school when my father died. I was very sad and even angry to have stopped going to school, but I had no choice as my mother was sick and I had to work to support her.
My last name, Dudic, is one that I got from marriage. Even though I am divorced, I have never changed it back. I have a son and a daughter, and my wrecked marriage has actually yielded some good.
I am 39 years old. I am originally from Guhr province and my father was one of the famous and wealthy people in his province. He had nine daughters and five boys. My childhood was the most beautiful time in my life.
I am 38 years old. There was no happiness in my childhood. When I was six years old, my brother lost a dog-fighting match and started fighting with my cousin which led to my cousin’s death.
Rima Salah is a member of the Board of Directors at Women for Women International, where she serves as a member of the Program Committee.
Women for Women International’s former President and CEO Afshan Khan shares her experiences visiting our programs in Kabul and Istalif, Afghanistan in July 2012
Seida Saric serves as the Director of Žene za Žene International Association Sarajevo, an independent local organization dedicated to women’s empowerment, in association with Women for Women International.
Iliriana Jaka Gashi serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Kosovo, where she manages programs that have served more than 32,000 women since 1999.
Antoinette Uwimana serves as the Country Director for Women for Women International – Rwanda, where she manages programs that have served more than 75,000 women since 1997.