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This Christmas, please help to protect girls like Simran


£10 a month could…

Help give a girl a secure place to sleep where she can feel safe, when going back home is too dangerous

Give £10 a month

a month could…

Help pay a counsellor’s salary to give emotional and psychological support to survivors who are recovering from trauma


a month could…

Help provide care packages including underwear, sanitary towels and a toothbrush, for girls who have had to leave their homes with nothing

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How ActionAid supports women and girls in India

Every 15 minutes, a woman or girl reports a rape in India. Despite attacks by strangers dominating the headlines, in India most rapes are committed by someone known to the survivor — a trusted family member, partner, neighbour

But the Gauravi One-Stop Crisis Centre, the first of its kind in India, is helping women and girls access the support they need under one roof.

As well as giving one-stop support for survivors, it is building a safer future for women and girls. Local outreach workers are changing attitudes by raising awareness of how to recognise and report different types of violence.

We are also training police officers to ensure cases are dealt with properly and perpetrators are prosecuted. 

And we are running a scheme to train women to became auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) and bus drivers, a profession that is largely seen as male only, so they can build a livelihood of their own.

Please donate to help girls like Simran to get the support they need, and look forward to a safer future.

Telling Simran’s story

Simran and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Simran’s anonymity we have changed her name, and we have not used her photograph. The photograph accompanying her story is of a girl who has not experienced abuse. She and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.

Your donation

This project is just one example of ActionAid’s work. Your regular donation may not go towards this project. It will be used where it is needed most to further ActionAid’s general charitable purposes.


Page updated 14 December 2018