ActionAid UK’s statement on the inquiry into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector published today by MPs.
ActionAid UK’s campaign for World Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to tackle period stigma and empower more women and girls to say #MyBodyIsMine
“To solve the problem once and for all, we need to take a moment to consider the magnitude of the problem.”
“The increased violence in Gaza threatens an already extremely fragile humanitarian situation.”
ActionAid condemns this appalling attack on innocent people – including women and children.
“The safety of the Rohingya refugees in the camps – particularly women and girls – is extremely fragile.”
ActionAid UK’s campaign for International Women’s Day aims to shine a spotlight on violence against women and girls and seek justice for survivors.
“As we pass this grim milestone, there are serious questions over the fate of the Rohingya refugees.”
An ActionAid spokesperson said: “Across the 45 countries ActionAid operates in globally, in the last five years there have been 20 incidents of sexual harassment reported and 2 of safeguarding. All of these were dealt with using the safeguarding and anti-sexual harassment processes in place and were concluded.”
MPs will tomorrow (20th February 2018) debate measures to address money laundering, amid concerns from NGOs that a current Government proposal fails to address a lack of transparency in UK-linked tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands. The UK Government has weakened its stance towards these tax havens since the Brexit referendum vote.
Responding to sexual misconduct reports in the sector, a spokesperson for ActionAid UK said: “The reported behaviour of staff working at leading NGOs uncovered by The Times this weekend is completely unacceptable. It goes against the true values and the standards that those working in the not-for-profit sector are committed to.”
“Boris Johnson’s visit to Cox’s Bazaar is a welcome signal of the UK’s commitment to responding to this crisis. The documented and widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population that led them to flee Myanmar still remain a threat.”
ActionAid condemns armed attack on Save the Children offices in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.