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The pressure to be perfect: Mia, 15, on sexism in UK schools

Mia Saunders – Day of the Girl guest blogger

As part of our celebration of International Day of the Girl we're sharing the voices of 15-year-old girls and their mums. Read what Mia and her mum Paula, who live in Brighton, have to say about some of the difficulties facing girls in the UK right now and how they're standing up to them.

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As the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) release their big plan to tackle international tax dodging, we take a look at what this means for women and children living in developing countries and ask the most important question: will it actually work? 

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In 2015 I ran the London Marathon for ActionAid - it was a life’s ambition, something I’ve wanted to do since the very first London Marathon 35 years ago. And I wasn’t let down; the experience was amazing. I love to run, but I’m not fast and I’m not an athlete. I was aiming for a six hour finish time and to soak up the legendary atmosphere that people say will ‘carry you along’.

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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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