Your donation could help women and girls around the world to claim their rights and say #MyBodyIsMine.
No girl should be forced into marriage. No girl should face a life of injustice, harassment or violence... but across the world millions of women and girls are unable to claim ownership of their own bodies.
Sarmin, from Bangladesh, was just 16 years old when she was due to be forced into marriage with an older man. Her father locked her away at home before the wedding, to stop her from escaping.
Thanks to ActionAid donors, Sarmin was able to contact a local ActionAid-funded group, and get the help she needed to escape and say 'no' to the marriage. Now, she is not only studying to become a lawyer, but she campaigns across Bangladesh to teach other girls about their rights.
Violence and injustice are not inevitable. That's why we're working to ensure every girl can claim her rights. But there are many more girls like Sarmin who urgently need our help.
Please give just £7 a month to help us be there for women and girls when they need us most – and support them to say #MyBodyIsMine.
How your donation can help women and girls to say #MyBodyIsMine
Hidden crises driven by climate change
There are millions of girls like Sawde and Hadra around the world, trapped in hidden crises caused by climate change.
Years of catastrophic drought in Somaliland has killed livestock and left land barren, forcing families to leave their homes to walk hundreds of miles in search of food and water, eventually ending up in overcrowded camps.
Meanwhile, halfway across the world in Bangladesh, unprecedented monsoon rains are causing life-threatening flooding and fatal landslides in large parts of the country - also driving thousands of families from their homes and into emergency camps.
It's women and girls who often suffer most during a disaster. During and after an emergency, they are significantly more at risk of violence - including rape, assault, child marriage and trafficking. Stuck in flimsy makeshift shelters with no doors or security, uprooted from their homes, mothers and daughters are living in limbo with no end in sight.
Hibo, an ActionAid community empowerment and engagement officer in Somaliland, said the biggest fear in the camps is of rape.
So, mostly, the first thing they have in their hearts is… fear of rape, attempted rape. They have no lights, no security checkpoints, so strangers can come easily and try to harm women... and try to take the children or to rape the women."
Millions of women and girls are trapped in these hidden crises; their lives at risk. ActionAid’s local teams are working round the clock to provide the essential supplies and support that these women and girls need to survive. Please help us do more.
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.
How we’re helping women and girls affected by the climate crisis
Even when the rest of the world turns its attention away from an emergency, we remain on the ground, supporting women and girls as they rebuild their lives and the lives of their families.
- We have distributed 800 women’s survival kits across camps in Somaliland so far this year.
- We distributed food packages in Bangladesh to over 10,000 people.
- We are providing 725 families in Somaliland with cash to buy food and medicine.
- We provided safe drinking water and installation of toilets to 5,000 people in Bangladesh.
- We've trained and set up a women's coalition in every camp supporting women to take leadership roles.
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.
Top image: Sarmin, who escaped child marriage, stands up to say #MyBodyIsMine. ActionAid UK
Page updated 29 June 2021