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Two campaigners speak at the launch of a women's rights empowerment project in the Volta Region, Ghana

What is #WomensRightsWatch?

Right now, we’re living through an alarming rise in attacks on gender equality. In every corner of the planet, from Bangladesh to the United States, women’s and girls’ rights achieved through decades of feminist struggle are being rolled back. The denial of these rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide, so we’re starting #WomensRightsWatch to call out these pervasive attacks, and to celebrate the women who are standing up to resist. Read on to find out why this backlash is happening, and how you can get involved.

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Alesha Dixon: "I met girls at risk of child marriage"

Alesha Dixon – Singer and Britain's Got Talent judge

Long-term ActionAid supporter and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon recently joined us in Ghana to meet young girls at risk of child marriage. Watch this short film of her trip and read her personal account below. 

Kuuntunna, 30, sits with his daughter Porshia, seven.  They are outside her school but he worries that her education could be cut short by the risk of marriage by abduction, which is a disturbing problem in the part of northern Ghana where they live.

Meet the men standing against child marriage

Himaya Quasem – Communications team

Kuuntunna is a farmer who has many dreams for his seven-year-old daughter. None of them involves seeing her become a child bride. Yet he fears this chilling prospect because he lives in a part of Ghana where many girls are abducted and forced into child marriage. Poverty and patriarchy drive the problem.  But men can also be part of the solution. Meet four men who are standing with local women and ActionAid to tackle child marriage in northern Ghana.

Sign outside the ActionAid tent at Latitude 2017

Having your period at a festival can be a bit of a nightmare, when clean loos and sanitary items are hard to come by. Millions of women and girls around the world face these challenges on a monthly basis – no sanitary products, no proper toilets, no clean water - often causing them to drop out of education.

That's why we were at Latitude Festival over the weekend – to bust period taboos and fundraise to help keep girls in school when they have their period. Check out our highlights - in pictures.

 Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge visits a UK Aid funded project to improve hygiene and tackle cholera in Lusaka, Zambia.

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge, Public Accounts Committee chair until 2015, visited Zambia with ActionAid UK earlier this year to see how the UK foreign aid budget saves lives. While the Department of International Development is regarded as a world leader in effective aid, a National Audit Office report published today criticised the lack of transparency among other government departments spending that money. Here, she reflects on the report and on the urgent need for action to ensure taxpayers - and beneficiaries - get value for money.

Desperately trying to find a toilet before you leak on your new dress. Illustration by Daisy Bernard.

This week we're returning to Latitude Festival to to highlight the challenges women and girls across the world face because of their periods. Most festival-goers will know the dread of having your period on site, where clean loos and sanitary pads are hard to come by. But millions of women and girls around the world face having no sanitary products, no proper toilets and no clean water on a monthly basis, a reality which unfairly holds them back.