I think [violence] is often happening in our society, but I think a lot of people consider it as normal, and no one is sharing it, and everyone is keeping this inside of them. I wanted to open up, because I am very shy, timid, and closed, and I want to overcome this. [I want other people to know that] You have to believe in yourself. I felt a lot more confidence during this workshop, and I opened up. When other girls were sharing their stories, I felt that I am not alone and they are experiencing the same feelings that I am. 

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‘Z1’ created this story as a participant in the Girl-talk-Girl program ( by Footage ( Girl-talk-Girl connects young women worldwide, using mobile digital storytelling to spark dialogue and change around the gender-based violence present in their lives. Footage is a NGO with a mission to raise voices to elevate lives through creative research, media arts, and the science of storytelling.