Coronavirus is not over. And as it wreaks havoc across Latin America, Africa and Asia, millions of lives are at stake.

The pandemic has destroyed the livelihoods of many of the world’s most vulnerable people. The majority are women who were working in informal and insecure employment: the first jobs to be cut in a crisis.

As a result, almost a billion low-paid women workers now face destitution. And the number of people facing starvation is set to double by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 has unleashed a surge in violence against women and girls across the world. While vital services are being cut and closed, women and girls are living in fear, unsafe in their own homes.

What ActionAid is doing

ActionAid is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, helping to stop the spread, save lives and defend women’s rights.  

Our local teams have already reached  five million people across 40 countries,  through a huge range of support, from distributing millions of food packages to funding life-saving women’s shelters.

But this crisis is far from over. And we urgently need your help to support the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please donate today.


Our response so far

The consequences of this pandemic are unparalleled. It is estimated that a quarter of a billion people could die of hunger by the end of 20201, while 1.6 billion people working in the informal sector will lose their jobs2.

But around the world, ActionAid’s women-led response is supporting millions of women and girls who are being pushed further into poverty, and who face rising levels of violence and discrimination.

  • In India, between March and June, ActionAid delivered food support packages to 3.9 million people
  • In Brazil,  ActionAid and our partners delivered food baskets sourced from local farmers to more than 8,000 families
  • In Afghanistan, we’ve reached over 170,000 people with emergency food, hygiene kits, and projects promoting women’s and girls’ empowerment.
  • And across the world we’re campaigning for sustainable, long-term solutions to support people post-Covid, including minimum income support for farmers, crackdowns on tax dodging by multinational companies, and proper funding of healthcare systems and women's services.
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About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

We’re committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women’s economic empowerment, and supporting women’s and girls’ rights during humanitarian crises.

Where your money goes

90% of your donation will go to support our emergency appeal for the DEC Coronavirus Appeal.

10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises. If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.



Page updated 15 October 2020