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Singer Lucy Rose's new music video 'Nebraska' stars Danny Dyer as a conflicted man coming to terms with how to present himself to the world as who he really is. Around the world pressure from society holds people back - from what we wear to how we are valued by others.

During a recent trip to India with ActionAid, 26-year-old Lucy discovered the catastrophic consequences of girls not being valued as highly as boys. Read her moving account of visiting a celebration of new born girls to find out why this festival is so important for the identity of girls in India.

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Syria 5 years on: time for action not words

Mike Noyes – Head of Humanitarian Response

Tuesday 15th March marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. In the last five years, half of Syria’s pre-war population — more than 11 million people — have been killed or forced to flee their homesRasal is one of them. She was born into the crisis. At five years old, the only world she's ever known is war.

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I have got two younger sisters and a baby niece. We are close and I would literally do anything for them -  but what if we had to flee everything we knew? As we continue to mark International Women's Day this week, I want to celebrate the strength and perseverance of these refugee sisters who are striving for a new life - a life free from conflict - despite all the odds.

Tags: refugees, lesvos

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ActionAid works with some truly inspiring women who are leading organisations that fight for gender equality. This International Women’s Day, on 8th March, we’re celebrating the incredible work that groups like these do – often on tiny budgets – to protect the rights of women and girls to live a life free from gender-based violence.

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Why everyone's talking about periods

Michelle Lowery – Communications Team

‘The blob’, ‘Aunty Flow’ - whatever you call periods, this week they've been all over the news, and it's about to be all over your Facebook timeline too. At last, we're talking about the fact that half (or thereabouts) of the population of the world bleed out of their private parts once a month. About time too.

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This Mother's Day the biggest choice I’ll be making will be whether to take mum out for afternoon tea or cook her dinner. But for refugee mothers, caring for their families this week will mean making choices with life or death consequences.

Tags: refugees, lesvos