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Cycling is booming in the UK, with millions of people enjoying the freedom, fresh air and endorphins of being on a bike. And whether you’re an avid cyclist with all the gear, or your bike's in the shed and could do with dusting down, if you love cycling RideLondon will be the ride of your life! Check out our top five reasons why you should saddle up with ActionAid this July and get involved in this world-class event. 

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5 things that didn't exist in 1955

Steven Frost – Campaigns Team

A lot can happen in half a century. Whether it's votes for women or the civil rights movement, activists have certainly changed the world since 1955. But the unfair and frankly outdated 1955 tax treaty between the UK and Malawi is still in effect. Here we look at five things that didn't exist in 1955 and how far we've come since.  ​

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At night, temperatures on the Greek island of Lesvos are falling to single digits. Refugee families are enduring winter temperatures in thin tents or temporary shelters, quickly constructed out of tarpaulin sheets and poles. Pregnant women and tiny babies are amongst the most vulnerable. They have survived long and dangerous journeys to get to Lesvos, but they are still struggling to keep warm this winter. 

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Why men and boys are vital to ending FGM

Natalia Fricker – Digital Communications

Last year, to mark Zero Tolerance to FGM Day, I wrote a blog - So, what's so bad about FGM? - as I realised that not enough people know the answer to that question. Because it's taboo to talk about it, people often don't know how damaging FGM is, but when they do, they can play a crucial role in campaigning against it, including men, as our new project in Somaliland goes to show.

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"I can still hear the sound of the cutting"

Zeinab Hassan – Women's rights, ActionAid Somaliland

I was mutilated when I was six years old. It was the most painful thing I can imagine and has caused me on-going problems ever since. I don’t have a daughter of my own to protect, but I don’t want anyone’s daughter to ever have to have FGM and suffer the way I have, and countless generations of women before me. This is my story.

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Malawi is the poorest country in the world. And thanks to an unfair tax agreement, signed with the UK over half a century ago, British companies who work there can get away with paying hardly any tax in the country. That means essential public services like schools and hospitals are starved of funds, so that Malawi’s poorest women and girls pay the price for this tax dodging.

It’s time for that to change.