8 December 2016
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.
The testimonials featured in the film are from girls aged 8, 11, 16, 17 from Zanzibar and Bangladesh, who cannot share their stories themselves for their own safety and protection. Please note that the descriptions are distressing and may be upsetting for some people.
Watch the video:
Why celebrities are supporting our Christmas appeal
Gemma Chan, who stars in the Channel 4 drama series Humans, explained why she is passionate about supporting our Safe from Harm appeal. She said: “Halima’s story is hard to hear, but the fear of this violence is a reality for millions of girls living in the poorest parts of the world. ActionAid is transforming the lives of many girls who have suffered so much and I hope people will dig deep to protect and support these girls keeping them safe from harm.”
Jane Horrocks said: “I was drawn to this particular campaign because it’s an issue that I feel really strongly about. As a mother, I can’t imagine what it was like for Fatima to see her daughter suffer such horrendous levels of abuse. ActionAid has been able to support survivors of sexual violence and helps families get back on their feet through the unique work it does. I urge people to support this vital work by sponsoring a girl this Christmas.”
Help a girl shape her own future
When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you'll be helping to support our work tackling the root causes of this horrific violence. For just 65p a day, you can help give a girl the support that she needs to shape her own future.
I hope people will dig deep to protect and support these girls keeping them safe from harm.
Please sponsor a girl this Christmas, and help keep her safe from harm.