How your regular donation can help women and girls
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
£7 a month could…
Help pay a counsellor’s salary to give emotional and psychological support to survivors who are recovering from trauma
£3 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
Or choose your own amount to give…
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.
Home shouldn’t hurt
Women and girls have the right to be safe, wherever they are. Their homes and neighbourhoods should be places where they feel most comfortable, where they have nothing to fear.
But for many women and girls, this isn’t the reality.
In 95% of reported rape cases in India the survivors knew their rapist.
He wasn’t a stranger. He was a partner, a family member, a neighbour… a ‘friend’.
ActionAid is committed to ending violence against women and girls. Our local workers tackle violence in communities and help survivors access the services they need and the justice they deserve.
Together, we are ending violence against women and girls.
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.
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.