What we achieved together in 2019
The year 2019 marked the second full year of our strategy which puts women and girls at the heart of all we do.
We were proud to update our strapline to 'changing the world with women and girls', to more accurately reflect our work as well as our position as a global leader on the rights of women and girls.
In 2019 climate change came into a sharper focus. Across many countries we work in, we saw the devastating impact of climate change on local communities as world leaders gathered at the UN Climate Action Summit.
Our Christmas fundraising appeal, 'She Can’t Wait' focussed on women and girls living through protracted emergencies driven by climate change in Bangladesh and Somaliland. Experts believed that the severity of Cyclone Idai, which affected hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique Zimbabwe, and Malawi, was linked to the impact of climate change.
We know that climate change is intrinsically linked to poverty, impacting the lives of the world’s poorest people the most. It is also intrinsically linked to gender, as we know from our work that women and girls are particularly vulnerable to the effects of the climate catastrophe.
That’s why our programmes around the world focus on helping women claim their rights to economic opportunities and empowering local women to lead the response in a humanitarian emergency.
As we are now almost half-way through our five-year strategy, it has been an important time to reflect on all we’ve achieved for women and girls living in poverty.
But we know there is still a long way to go on the path to achieving gender equality – a path we couldn’t be on at all without our amazing supporters, many of whom have been with us for decades, our dedicated campaigners, volunteers, and trustees. Thank you for all that you do.
2019 in numbers
new supporters in the UK signed up to give a committed gift
to help change the world with women and girls
people were reached through our #MyBodyIsMine campaign raising awareness of violence against women and girls
essential kits were distributed to women in Somaliland affected by severe drought
families received food and supplies after Cyclone Idai in Malawi
people received food packages during the Bangladesh floods
people signed our joint petition with 38 Degrees, calling on the UK government not to scrap or merge DFID
people signed our open letter to future MPs, calling on them to ensure the government continues to prioritise women and girls on the global stage
people signed our petition demanding justice for women and girls who experience violence
raised by ActionAid supporters in the UK to fund child sponsorship programmes across 30 countries
received from players of the People's Postcode Lottery, to support our work promoting girls' education and tackling the root causes of violence against women and girls
women and girls in Ghana and Zimbabwe have benefited from People's Postcode Lottery-funded work