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It’s exactly 100 years since some women in the UK gained the right to vote. But how much do you really know about women’s participation in politics? Test yourself with our Votes for Women quiz!

Mama Feddis stood for election in Kenya last year, so that she could make decisions that would benefit the women in her village.

#StillMarching: 100 years of votes for women

Alexa Phillips – Communications team

On 6 February 1918, some women in the UK gained the right to vote for the first time. It was a crucial step forward for women’s rights. But 100 years on, we still have a long way to go globally to ensure that women’s voices are heard equally loudly, not just at the ballot box, but at all levels of government too. Women across the world are rising to the challenge, despite the barriers thrown up in their way. Mama Feddis is one of them.

Feda'a works for ActionAid in the occupied Palestinian territory, where she helps to support girls traumatised by conflict

"I try to give them hope": supporting girls in Gaza

Feda'a Sobeh – Programme Officer, ActionAid Occupied Palestinian Territory

Feda'a works for Al Aqsa Sports Club, ActionAid's partner in the Middle Area of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory. Working so closely with children and the local community, and as a mother of seven herself, she has seen first hand the physical and psychological impacts of war in Gaza on the very young. She describes the difficulties that girls in particular are facing right now, and how ActionAid's work is making a crucial difference.

Athar has been chatting to us via WhatsApp, sharing her day-to-day life with us from Gaza

WhatsApp stories of day-to-day life as a girl in Gaza

Gee Atkinson – Supporter Communications Team

20-year-old Athar is studying English Literature at university, loves WhatsApp, chocolate ice cream and going for dinner with her family. So far, so familiar. But because Athar lives in Gaza, this intelligent young woman has survived unimaginable hardship and trauma. Her home was bombed during the 2014 war – she and her sister were injured, and her father was killed.

Athar is keen to share her story, so more people know what is happening in Gaza. Read extracts from my WhatsApp chat with her to gain unique insight into what it’s like growing up as a girl in Gaza, and be inspired by her amazing approach to life.

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How your support has changed lives in 2017

Girish Menon – Chief Executive, ActionAidUK

I'm incredibly proud to share this short, heart-warming, video with you - featuring just some of the women and girls from around the world whose lives have been transformed thanks to your support in 2017.

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For our Christmas appeal this year we are asking for your support to transform lives by sponsoring a child. In conflict-hit countries, millions of girls are living in fear. Child sponsorship helps us provide psychosocial services, family centres, school supplies and more, to help traumatised children rebuild their futures. Actress Miriam Margolyes has supported ActionAid for over 30 years. She visited our work in the occupied Palestinian territory and has seen first-hand the impact child sponsorship makes. She tells us what it means to be a child sponsor with ActionAid.