Fearless: add your name to end violence against women | ActionAid UK

Grassroots women’s organisations are the frontline of the fight to end violence against women. But they’re critically underfunded – and they need our support.

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No woman or girl should have to live in fear of violence

One in three women will experience violence in her lifetime. But this is entirely preventable. Around the world, fearless women are leading grassroots groups working to change this, and these organisations are the best way to create the real change that will bring down violence against women.1 But right now, they need our support.

Though they make an enormous difference to women’s lives, these organisations are critically underfunded. In fact, they receive less than 1% of UK aid money for gender equality. We want that to change.

Priti Patel, the new minister for international development, now has the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised women and girls.

We must make sure she knows that grassroots women’s groups are the frontline of the fight to end violence, and call on her to fund them.

No woman or girl should have to live in fear of violence. Stand with fearless women everywhere and sign the petition now.

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Why is violence against women and girls such a problem?

A third of all women and girls face violence in their lifetime. It's one of the most widespread violations of human rights, and it robs women of control over their bodies and lives. This doesn't just hold back the women it affects - it holds back their families and communities too. Women living in poverty and those facing other forms of discrimination are often at even greater risk.

How do we end violence against women?

Violence against women is preventable. Research shows the vital work of independent women's rights organisations is the single most effective way to create the real change that will bring down violence against women. These organisations are critical drivers of women's movements and wider social movements, with extensive knowledge and experience in ending gender discrimination and creating positive changes in women’s lives.

But these organisations are chronically underfunded, receiving just less than 1% of UK aid money committed for gender equality.

Our government can change this. We’re calling on the UK government to dedicate an extra £70 million from the existing aid budget over the next three years, so that women’s rights organisations can keep doing their transformative work to end violence.

What can I do to end violence against women?

You can stand with the fearless women leading the struggle against gender-based violence, and show the government just how many thousands of us care strongly about this issue. Sign and share the petition to demand action now.

Have you been affected by violence?

If you or a woman you know is facing violence, you can get help by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 – it’s free and open 24 hours. You can also visit their website below:

Visit the National Domestic Violence Helpline