What do we want our future MPs to do?
Together, we are asking all our future MPs to commit to ensuring that UK aid delivers change for women and girls living in poverty. This can be done by:
- Protecting the UK government’s commitment to providing life-saving international aid through the world-renowned Department for International Development (DFID).
- Spending our aid on poverty reduction, gender equality and sustainable development, and to prioritise working with women’s rights organisations.
- Enabling the UK to champion women workers’ rights, by ratifying the International Labour Organisation Convention 190 to end violence in the workplace.
Make UK aid deliver for women and girls
UK aid is the life-saving support our nation gives to tackle poverty around the world and help people whose lives have been destroyed by disaster or conflict.
Our strong commitment to international development and ending global poverty is something to be proud of – and we must ensure, whichever party wins the election, uphold it after the election.
At ActionAid, we know from experience that UK aid has helped grassroots women’s organisations do vital, long-term work to break the cycle of poverty and violence in their communities.
In order to showcase the best of our British values and to defend the world’s poorest people, we must be on the side of the most marginalised women and girls. This means protecting the UK government’s commitment to providing life-saving international aid through the world-renowned Department for International Development (DFID).
To find out more about UK aid, visit our UK aid homepage.
Women workers’ rights
There is currently no international law to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. In a world where one in three women and girls will experience violence during her lifetime, most likely at the hands of someone she knows, this is shocking and shameful.
ActionAid supports a global convention on violence and harassment in the world of work. This would set clear global standards for preventing abuse at work, impacting millions of women and other employees worldwide.
The UK government has already shown leadership in this area by speaking out in favour of the International Labour Organisation’s Convention to end violence in the workplace. We are urging all parties to support the ratification of the International Labour Convention and make Britain a true global leader in preventing violence at work.
To ensure the next UK government protects women worker’s rights join the campaign.