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Children dressing up as their future selves for Big Me 2016

Pupils share their dreams at Big Me 2017

Jo Rowley – Events Officer

This week, children from across the UK are dreaming big and dressing up for Big Me 2017. Pupils are exploring their future hopes and aspirations, and at the same time, raising money to help children living in poverty around the world to fulfil their dreams.

Anne Bucheche, 44, was sexually assaulted by a militia group in Kenya. She now campaigns to end sexual violence.

As a growing number of actors come forward to allege that they were raped or sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women across the world are using social media to stand with survivors of sexual violence and show that they are not alone. Using the hashtag #MeToo, hundreds of thousands of women are sharing that they too have faced sexual assault and harassment and are bravely breaking the silence that surrounds it. 

Nurun Nahar dancing at ActionAid's Survivors Runway fashion show. Nurun Nahar is an acid attack survivor and also works for ActionAid Bangladesh

On Tuesday 10 October, ActionAid UK and ActionAid Bangladesh came together to put on a fashion show with a difference. Instead of celebrating traditional ideals of beauty, Survivors' Runway celebrated the inner beauty and strength of eight acid attack survivors, who travelled over from Bangladesh to speak out against violence against women and girls. Watch our full livestream of the show below and read on to learn more about the survivors' stories.

16-year old acid attack survivor Sonali, modelling at ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show on Tuesday 10 Oct 2017

"Too often, girls’ voices are silenced, their stories unheard"

Kate Elswood – Girlguiding British Youth Council Delegate

Today is International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate girls, listen to their voices, and raise awareness of what holds them back. One of the biggest human rights abuses girls face around the world is violence. 1 in 3 women face violence in their lifetime - for many this is during childhood. Kate from Girlguiding shares her experience of last night's Survivors' Runway - a fashion show fronted by eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh, standing #WithWomenSurvivors to end violence against women and girls.

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Last night, 16-year-old Girlguide, Kate, met 16-year-old acid attack survivor Shonali, after ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show. This special event was to stand in solidarity with survivors to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Watch the two teenagers reflect on the show and share their messages to girls in the UK for International Day of the Girl.

Abebi teaches in a primary school in Nigeria with no electricity or water. She says 'The big foreign companies coming to Nigeria should pay their tax so that our government will have money to do all those things that they're supposed to do for schools.'

Over the past decade, seldom has a month gone by without the subject of corporate tax avoidance making headlines. And despite some progress towards tackling the problem at a national and international level, it is clear that the issue is far from resolved. Throughout, both ActionAid and KPMG have been active and vocal players in the debate. And during that time, we have come to understand each other’s views and principles. Whilst we don’t always agree, we have come to respect the arguments put forward by each, as well as the motivations behind them. Yet whilst differences remain, there is also common ground.

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