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For millions of women and girls globally, street harassment is a daily reality of going out in public. From catcalling to unwanted physical contact on public transport, when women and girls feel unsafe in public it holds them back. ActionAid recently carried out some polling in the UK, Brazil, Thailand and India that showed a huge majority of women have experienced harassment or violence. 

But women and girls everywhere are speaking up to call out the catcallers – just last week, women all over the world marked 2017’s Anti-Street Harassment Week with dozens of inspiring protests. Read on to see some of our favourite creative anti-harassment campaigns from around the world.

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Women building back stronger: Haiti six months on

Yolette Etienne – Country Director, ActionAid Haiti

On 4th October 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit my country - Haiti. It destroyed homes, schools, crops, and roads, and brought island life to a halt. Our team has been responding to the crisis ever since, and thanks to public generosity, we have helped communities recover and build back stronger, through working with local partners, ensuring women lead the response, and focussing on sustainable solutions.

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Thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone have donated to the East Africa Crisis Appeal, ActionAid has supported over 128,600 people so far across Kenya, Somaliland and Ethiopia. In Kenya, ActionAid has supported over 98,000 people. Our local staff are there on the ground now distributing food, including rice, oil and beans, constructing water tanks and rehabilitating boreholes so that communities can get access to water. Find out how your donations are making a huge difference in Kenya right now.

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Margaret Casely-Hayford, ActionAid UK’s Chair of the Board, comes from the world of big business and is a passionate advocate for companies using their power for good. She believes that recent world events, although shocking and unjust, can be used as an opportunity to ‘define the world anew.’

As ActionAid UK launches its new strategy, Margaret shares her thoughts on success in recent years and our upcoming plans to mobilise the power of the UK public, government, business and most importantly the women and girls fighting poverty in their own communities, to deliver change for good.

What has ActionAid achieved in recent years?

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Fighting the impacts of drought in Kenya

Makena Mwobobia – Head of Programmes, ActionAid Kenya

More than 3 million people in Kenya are impacted by the drought across East Africa, with the worst affected living in the arid and semi-arid lands across the country. The rains have been depressed over the past year and pastoralists are very badly impacted, their livelihoods destroyed and their families suffering. FIfteeen of the 23 arid and semi-arid counties are now in the emergency category. The priority now is to save lives and livelihoods.

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If you've been watching the news recently, you'll have seen the catastrophic effects that drought is having on lives and livelihoods in East Africa at the moment. The rains have failed, and as a result crops and livestock have been wiped out - leaving the people who depend on them on the brink of famine. 

The link between drought and hunger is horribly clear. But drought also increases the risk of another kind of danger, which is often more hidden and less talked about: the risk of violence against women and girls (VAWG). This World Water Day, find out why drought is making women and girls in East Africa more vulnerable to violence.