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Some of the UK's most renowned female actors are lending their voices to our Safe from Harm Christmas appeal, by reading the testimonials of four young girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Gemma Chan, Andrea Riseborough, Jane Horrocks, Jaime Winstone and Laura Carmichael star in our powerful new film, to raise awareness of the violence and exploitation faced by girls across the world. 

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Human traffickers look like you or me

Dorcas Erskine – Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes

It starts with a smile and a promise. An offer of help to a struggling mum or show of affection to a neglected child. A golden opportunity to a hardworking girl who wants to free her family from poverty. But behind the human trafficker's apparent kindness is an industry that causes untold misery around the world.

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Great news! After more than a year of our supporters campaigning shoulder to shoulder with women’s rights activists around the world, the government have just announced a big chunk of funding to support the grassroots groups ending violence against women. These groups are the absolute backbone of the fight for gender equality, so this is amazing news. Here’s how this will make a difference to women’s and girls’ lives all over the world:

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Do you live in the UK's most generous city?

Renata Watson – Communications Team

As Christmas and the season of goodwill approaches (and because we wanted to shine a light on our wonderful child sponsors), we've released some exciting new figures showing the most generous cities in the UK, based on the number of children sponsored across Africa, Asia and South America. Read on to find out the results.

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What does child sponsorship mean to you?

Natalia Fricker – Digital Communications

ActionAid child sponsorship is a lifeline to communities we support around the world. To celebrate the generosity and commitment of our supporters, we asked some of our sponsors and local staff what child sponsorship means to them. Their responses were pretty amazing, and just go to show how sponsorship is one of the loveliest ways to enter into the spirit of giving and make a difference this Christmas.

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Five reasons to give on #GivingTuesday

Renata Watson – Communications Team

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that Tuesdays are often the worst day of the week. You’ve already filled all your colleagues in on your juicy gossip from last weekend, and next weekend is too far away to even think about. But this Tuesday is different. This week it’s #GivingTuesday; the day created to encourage people to do something good for a great cause. In 2015, £6,000 per minute was raised for charities in the UK, breaking the world record for the most amount of money donated online in 24 hours.