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Why ActionAid is joining the Women’s March on London

Girish Menon – Chief Executive, ActionAidUK

This Saturday, on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, ActionAid UK will be standing in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in the USA by joining the Women’s March on London. Along with grassroots-organised sister marches in Washington D.C. and around the world, we’ll be marching to protect tolerance, inclusion and women’s rights – values that we feel are under threat now more than ever. Read on to find out how to join us.

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On the frontline against sexual violence in Zanzibar are four incredible women, dedicated to protecting women and girls who are vulnerable to abuse. Meet the police sergeant, the women's rights activist, the lawyer and the ActionAid shelter coordinator who are supporting survivors of sexual violence and helping to bring their attackers to justice. 

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Over the last week the ever more shrill criticism of international aid found a new target - the practice of giving money directly to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people, otherwise known as cash transfers. The allegation made was that this amounted to setting up UK-funded cashpoints for the poor. Aid money should never be misspent or wasted, but the criticisms of direct cash transfers - giving money directly to people in need - misunderstand the issue. Here's why.

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Zeinab, 10, lives on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. Girls like Zeinab are at serious risk of abuse. Rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and domestic violence are common: more than one in 20 women in Zanzibar reported experiencing at least one incident of sexual violence before the age of 18, according to a UNICEF report. Here Zeinab and her mum Maryam tell us about how child sponsorship has made a difference in their lives.

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Three ways to beat the post-Christmas blues

Renata Watson – Communications Team

Here we are again, in that typically quiet patch between Christmas and New Year. We’ve most likely spent the past few days eating delicious food and being spoilt rotten by our families. But as we approach 2017, it’s time to stop and reflect.

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Why 2016 is still a year worth celebrating

Himaya Quasem – Communications team

Need a reason to feel cheerful about 2016? Well look no further than these stories about women who have done some incredible things this year. Sometimes small scale, often unnoticed, their achievements across communities in Africa and Asia have helped save lives and challenge stereotypes.

Whether it’s the mum in Kenya who went back to school at age 42 or the Bangladeshi campaigner who secured land for impoverished families, their efforts show that positive change can be brought about by anyone, anywhere.