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Refugee crisis: the latest from Lesvos

Gerasimos Kouvaras – Country Director, ActionAid Greece

Around 4,000 refugees are landing on the beaches of Lesvos every day, relieved to have survived the treacherous crossing from Turkey that has claimed so many lives this year. ActionAid Greece's Country Director, Gerasimos Kouvaras, describes the situation on the ground in Lesvos, and how our teams are helping women and children.  

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Since the launch our Refugee Emergency Appeal we've been truly touched by the amazing response of many people in the UK. Some of our supporters went the extra mile and used their skills and imagination to raise most needed funds for refugees.

Rosie from pop-up restaurant A Little Lusciousness tells us what happened when she and our long term ActionAid supporter Hardeep Singh Kohli organised a dinner for 65 to support our emergency response. 

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UPDATE (24 October 2015): Azza and the 16 co-defendants who were facing jail after witnessing the killing of a protester by Egypt police, have been freed of all charges. Thousands of you stood with Azza in her fight for justice, and together we’ve kept up the pressure on the Egyptian authorities to finally win her freedom.
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Women's rights lawyer Azza Soliman's final court hearing has been postponed to 24 October. She faces five years in jail after witnessing the killing of a peaceful protester in Cairo, and we won't stop fighting until she's free.
 
Hear Azza explain in her own words why this case is so important in the struggle for women's rights, and join her fight for justice.
 

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As the UN agreed the new Sustainable Development Goals last week, over 80 Heads of Government met to show how they would work to promote gender equality and end violence against women. Unfortunately, David Cameron wasn’t one of them.

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Meet the women and children struggling to survive on Lesvos

Sonya Ruparel – International Humanitarian Team

As ActionAid responds to the refugee crisis, Sonya from our humanitarian team reports from the Greek island of Lesvos, where thousands of refugees are arriving every day by boat. Many of them are women, children and babies.

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Charlie Webster, TV presenter and women's rights campaigner, was one of the keynote speakers at our Fearless event in London last week. Her speech came after those of two inspiring women from Kenya and Egypt, who have faced physical, psycological and legal abuse in their countries.

Charlie unfolded her story of sexual abuse from when she was 15 and talked about her decision to resign from being a patron of football club Sheffield United over their handling of the Ched Evans case. As she recalled those events with both horror and strength our guests seemed to be coming to the same realisation all at once: violence against women can happen anywhere and it can take different forms and shapes.

We caught up with Charlie after the event to learn more about her story and ask about the fearless women in her life. 

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