News releases from 2019 | ActionAid UK

Asha Saleem holds her youngest child, Hasani, in Makuyuni, Tanzania. Asha never went to school, but she hopes that her daughters will get an education so that they can get good jobs when they grow up.

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UK police failings show survivors "not taken seriously"

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.

Government pledges free sanitary products in schools

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.


Penny Mordaunt launches funding to end 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.

Today’s Westminster debate on the future of DFID

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.

UK school lessons to cover FGM and forced marriage

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.

Conservative vision for break up of DfID worrying

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 announced as new trustee at ActionAid UK

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.

Penny Mordaunt plans for UK aid must remain transparent

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. 

Girls worry about sexual harassment 'every day'

New study by ActionAid highlights the impact of misogyny on young people worldwide 

Domestic Abuse Bill step in right direction

The UK’s Domestic Abuse Bill is a step in the right direction; putting the spotlight on perpetrators, not survivors. However, more support is needed.