Editor's note: Salma Begum was born 30 years ago in the village of Baghua n Bangladesh. She was just 9-years old, in grade 4, when her parents decided that she would marry one of her cousins. Salma was adamantly opposed. She was taken out of school and eventually married her cousing in July of 2000.
I had nothing to say to my parents and to my husband. I was silent with shock with what I had wanted and what I actually got. Several times I tried to leave this house and wanted to be independent and continue my studying, but I could do none of that after my daughter was born. Many days I attended the group meeting (Belly Women's Group, part of a Heifer project) without informing my husband and relatives, and I also attended trainings without permission of my husband and mother-in-law. I had a strong desire to do something for my well-being.
I understood that I have to change myself first. I have to behave well with my family and have to do some development activities for my family. After receiving the Cornerstones training, I found something changed in my heart. I felt ashamed of my previous behavior with my husband and mother-in-law.
Now my cow shed is better than that house in which I lived. When my husband received Cornerstones and Gender and Justice training, he also understood me. Everybody, including my husband, now asks my opinion and suggestions for decisions−without my decision nothing happens.
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I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the villageGagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
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