ActionAid’s new policy report 'Diversify and Conquer' discusses what Bangladesh’s government needs to do to create decent jobs for the country’s workers so they have better employment alternatives to jobs in garment factories, where they are poorly paid and badly treated. Opening this path to a brighter future requires transforming the economy by investing in manufacturing sectors that bring in more money for the country, like engineering and electronics.
In the Delta region of Myanmar, accessing clean safe drinking water is one of the biggest challenges faced by communities. The area is so close to the sea, that almost all the rivers and creeks are contaminated with salty water. Thanks to child sponsorship, we have been working with families in the district of Pathein West to instal fresh safe water. Look at the photos below to see the difference that something as simple as clean water is making to women and children in Myanmar.
Helen Pattinson visited Nepal in May 2015 in the aftermath of two earthquakes that killed thousands of people and left millions homeless. She found scenes of utter devastation; families torn apart, living in tents, children too frightened to sleep. Since then ActionAid has been working with Nepalese communities to rebuild homes and provide shelter to the most vulnerable. Six months after her visit in May, Helen went back to see how the families of Nepal were faring as the bitter winter sets in.
Award-winning children's author Giles Paley-Phillips shares what means the most to him at Christmas - and why a new dustbin will most definitely not be on his wishlist.
Yesterday was a big day. Over 50,000 people hit the streets of London, and hundreds of thousands joined marches worldwide in the biggest climate mobilisation in history, to call for a strong deal at the Paris talks starting today. Team ActionAid was there, supported by over 300 people who marched in solidarity with the women and children hit hardest by climate change.
Here are some highlights from a wonderful day of action.
Kate Menear is a feminist activist with Reclaim the Night Liverpool, a group campaigning on women’s rights issues like sexual violence, cat-calling, street harassment and victim blaming. After yesterday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marking the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, she told us why she’s been getting involved with the campaign.