Not This Girl | ActionAid UK

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What is ActionAid doing to help girls facing sexual violence?

  • ActionAid supports local women’s groups and networks to prevent and respond to violence against girls and help get justice for sexual abuse.
  • These committed and courageous groups are especially trained to recognise signs of abuse, report it, help girls get back to school, and raise awareness within their community.
  • Women’s groups run community forums to build links with the police, paralegals, and children’s departments to better support girls surviving violence.
  • ActionAid sets up girls’ clubs — safe spaces for girls to share their experiences, learn about their rights and build the confidence to recognise and report violence.
  • ActionAid trains government officials, police, health workers and legal advisers how to best protect girls.

Joyce, 50 (picured below), is a volunteer paralegal for a women-led Access to Justice project in Kilifi, Kenya. She has two children and one grandchild. After being raped and becoming pregnant as a girl, she dropped out of school. Now Joyce helps rape survivors to report abuse to their local village chief and to the police, and takes them to hospital and follows their case through to prosecution.

When Joyce isn’t in the field helping girls, she’s running sessions to help women and girls understand their rights.


Telling Esther’s story

Esther and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Esther’s anonymity we have changed certain identifying details, and we have not used her photograph. 

The photograph accompanying her story at the top and bottom of this page is of a girl called Jenny who lives in a different part of Kenya. Jenny and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.


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Page updated 25 November 2019