Defending women’s rights
ActionAid's work on ending gender-based violence – in numbers
women and girls have been helped by our girls clubs and rescue centres1
women mobilised to challenge violence and harmful traditional practices like FGM2
projects in 22 countries supported to protect women and girls from violence3
Helping women earn their own income
A strong, local women’s group can change the situation for hundreds of women within a community.
Across the world, women are forbidden to work by their husbands. If the marriage collapses, they can be left with nothing. With the support of an ActionAid group, women in desperate situations can learn farming or business skills so they can feed their children and send them to school.
We help women claim land by learning their inheritance is a right. And we also set up cooperatives where women like Emerance in Rwanda can support each other, start businesses and earn their own money.
ActionAid's work on helping women earn an income - in numbers
women involved in activities to help them earn an income1
women in 26 countries earned a living through running their own businesses or selling produce2
women’s groups were trained and organised to claim their rights and legal entitlements to land3
Helping women gain control over their bodies
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a key issue that ActionAid is working hard to end. This traditional practice is the partial or full cutting of a girl’s clitoris and labia, causing severe bleeding, infection, infertility – even death.
After being cut, girls are often forced to marry, and rarely return to school. Our girls clubs in schools are a safe place for girls to discuss their fears and experiences of FGM – and a place to learn about their rights and join hands against violence.
ActionAid is working with communities to stop this abuse of human rights – and girls like Rose in Kenya are leading the way.
Reporting crimes and seeking justice
For most uneducated women, reporting a crime or filing a legal complaint is an impossible task, meaning many terrible offences against girls and women never get reported.
ActionAid’s REFLECT groups helps women understand their rights, and gets them access to the legal system. Our trained paralegals work deep in the community, often in dangerous situations, to bring justice to those who have been attacked or threatened. Women are starting to fight back.
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