How you can help
A regular gift from you could help support more refugee women and girls like Taslima.
£15 a month
to help set up women’s safe spaces to provide information and support to women and girls
£10 a month
to help provide emergency food supplies such as rice, lentils, oil and sugar
£5 a month
to help provide hygiene kits including essentials like sanitary towels, clean underwear and soap
Why are we asking for a monthly gift?
Every donation counts, and we’re grateful for whatever you feel you can afford. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but issues that women and girls face, like violence and poverty, are long-term problems, and they need long-term solutions. Regular donations mean we can commit to working with women and girls for as long as it takes.
A monthly gift from you allows us to make ambitious plans, and invest in the futures of young girls and their communities. It means we can make a real, sustainable difference to the lives of women and girls. Please help us to change lives, for good.
How we’re helping Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar
Since thousands of Rohingya refugees fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a huge humanitarian response has swung into action. ActionAid has taken a women-led, women-centred approach, providing vital aid and long-term support.
- Working closely with women-led committees in the camps, we’ve provided safe drinking water, food, blankets, alternative cooking fuel and access to washrooms to more than 40,000 refugees.
- We’ve distributed thousands of hygiene kits containing sanitary products, clean underwear and soap, so refugee women and girls can manage their periods safely, and with dignity.
- With the arrival of the monsoon season, we began using sand bags and fencing to stabilize areas that are vulnerable to landslides.
- We’ve installed 15 water and sanitation service blocks, each consisting of 4 toilets and 2 bathing spaces.
- We’ve created 6 ‘women-friendly’ spaces – places in the camp where only women and girls are allowed to enter. Here women can process their trauma, be safe from violence, and plan for the future.
We’re also helping to train women with skills like sewing, so they can build a livelihood in the future.
ActionAid’s work with refugee women and girls
ActionAid is an international charity that works to end violence against women and girls and support women to help them change their own lives, for good.
We know violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially during displacement and conflict. Women and girls are more at risk of violence including mass rape, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy, forced ‘marriages’ and being forced to offer sex in exchange for food or shelter. Extreme poverty can put pressure on families to ‘marry off’ their daughters to someone who can provide for them.
That’s why, as part of our work around the world, we support refugees with life-saving humanitarian aid, including food, safe drinking water, shelter and hygiene kits including sanitary protection. This is just one of the ways we work to reduce poverty and end violence against women and girls.
And in the long term, we work to rebuild communities and strengthen their resilience. ActionAid trains women in leadership skills and disaster preparedness so that they are better equipped to lead their communities – in times of crisis and beyond. But to continue this long-term support, we need your help.
Please start a regular gift today, to help us reach as many women and girls as possible.
“My parents were killed”
Rubina, a 16 year-old girl, lost everything in Myanmar and fled to Bangladesh to save her life.
“My home was burned down and many of my neighbours were killed. Men arrived in our village carrying rifles. I saw many dead bodies near our house. I heard people screaming and shouting. We had to leave our home and hide in the jungle.”
“My parents were killed while we were coming to Bangladesh. One of my sisters and brothers were also killed. I saw people being shot.”
She said: “Today I received a unique thing [hygiene kit]. The bucket…is very useful and essential for me. I have received cloth, sanitary napkin, soap, sandal, blanket. These items are very essential for a girl like me.”
“When sun sets in and night comes around, the cold intensifies. So, the blanket will be very useful for us in this session. It will save our lives.”