All the latest breaking news, press releases and comment from ActionAid UK's media team.
In response to the news that rape charges, prosecutions and convictions in England and Wales have fallen to their lowest levels in more than a decade. It is shocking that in 2019, rape prosecutions in the UK are at their lowest level for a decade. This is essentially a ‘decriminalisation’ of rape. Over the last two years, with movements like #MeToo, more and more women are speaking out against violence, but they are being let down when it comes to getting justice.
ActionAid UK calls for justice for women and girls on the second anniversary of the Rohingya crisis,
International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has announced a further £8 million in UK aid for countries at risk of Ebola
ActionAid UK announces a new chair of trustees, Marie Staunton who has 30 years of experience and has received a CBE for her humanitarian work with women and girls.
A Government review of Britain’s progress against the UN’s global development goals has found that the UK has made “significant strides” but that much remains to be done.
ActionAid UK are encouraging people to get their hands on their limited edition #MyBodyIsMine t-shirts, already worn by actors, influencers, activists and artists.
A historic international law to end sexual violence and harassment in the world of work has today been adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
ActionAid UK is calling for an international law to protect women at work
MPs on the International Development Committee have called on UK ministers to make major changes to the way it tackles climate change, and highlighted the disproportionate impact of climate change on women and girls.
“We must prioritise the most vulnerable – those with disabilities, older people, children, pregnant women and anyone with serious illness.”
Six years on from Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy, one in five survivors’ health is deteriorating.
A new poll released by ActionAid UK today reveals that out of a third of women in the UK who say they – or a woman they know – have reported male violence to the police, less than half (40%) describe the experience as positive.
Through new campaign, ActionAid has committed to commissioning exclusively female photographers to tell the stories of women and girls living and working in the communities in the countries where they live.
New figures on how the UK is spending overseas development assistance have shown that the government is meeting its target to spend a certain amount of the national budget on ending poverty overseas, with the proportion of aid spending overseen by the Department for International Development increasing.
Police in the UK are “systematically failing” to protect women survivors of rape and other forms of violence, according to a new complaint by 11 frontline services.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond will today (13 March) announce a free sanitary product scheme across all secondary schools in England in a bid to combat period poverty.
Minister for Women and Equalities and Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, will today (4 March) announce a new UK government campaign to break the silence and end period poverty globally by 2030.
Ahead of today’s Westminster debate on the future of DFID ActionAid call on parliamentarians to
recognise the very real difference the department makes to the lives of women and girls now.
At ActionAid we know first-hand that women and girls are at the sharp end of global poverty. One in three are likely to experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner or someone they know; they take on the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work – on average 2.5 times more than men; and are more likely to be in low-paid precarious jobs.
The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled fresh guidelines for sex and health education across England, with female genital mutilation, grooming, forced marriage and domestic abuse all set to be included as part of the new curriculum.
Plans for a new Conservative vision for a post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’ says DfID could be folded into the Foreign Office and aid spending redefined. The proposals feature in a report called Global Britain: A Blueprint for the 21st century which outlines multi billion pound cuts in the UK foreign aid budget. Slashing our commitment to ending global poverty, and breaking up the Department for International Development in support of furthering the political and commercial interests of an increasingly ‘little’ Britain.
Kath Abrahams will be joining board of trustees at ActionAid UK, international charity working with women and girls living in poverty. Kath is currently Director of Engagment and Fundraising at Diabetes UK Vice Chair of The Institute of Fundraising.
The Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, has told MPs that the government should focus on attracting private donations and reduce reliance on taxpayers’ money.