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A DFID - Foreign Office merger would be disastrous

Statement from Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK. "Merging the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign Office would be disastrous for those struggling to survive poverty, climate change and disease – especially women and girls. We must not undo the UK’s place as a world leader on international development nor turn our back on those who need help most.”

Statement on CPS figures: "Rape decriminalised"

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. 

ActionAid demands justice for Rohingya women and girls

ActionAid UK calls for justice for women and girls on the second anniversary of the Rohingya crisis,

ActionAid launches the Maze of Injustice

Famous women’s rights supporters unveil ActionAid’s ‘Maze of Injustice’ in Marble Arch
An interactive maze to illustrate the barriers to justice for women and girls who have experienced violence

Countries at risk of Ebola to receive extra UK aid

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has announced a further £8 million in UK aid for countries at risk of Ebola

Marie Staunton CBE announced as new chair of trustees

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.

Review shows UK 'must do more' to meet UN Global Goals

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.

Make a feminist statement with a #MyBodyIsMine t-shirt

ActionAid UK are encouraging people to get their hands on their limited edition #MyBodyIsMine t-shirts, already worn by actors, influencers, activists and artists. 

International law to end harassment at work adopted

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).

Garment workers at risk of sexual harassment - poll

ActionAid UK is calling for an international law to protect women at work 

Open letter to MEP candidates from ActionAid UK

Ahead of the upcoming European Union parliamentary elections, ActionAid UK has written an open letter to all MEP candidates

MPs right to urge action on climate change - ActionAid

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.

Cyclone Fani evacuees need help - ActionAid eyewitness

"We must prioritise the most vulnerable – those with disabilities, older people, children, pregnant women and anyone with serious illness."

Rana Plaza anniversary: 1 in 5 survivors in poor health

Six years on from Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza tragedy, one in five survivors’ health is deteriorating.

UK women find reporting to police 'traumatic' - poll

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.

ActionAid launch photographic campaign Women By Women

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.

UK aid figures show positive signs on transparency

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. 

ICAI review on CDC’s performance

ICAI review on CDC’s performance (26 Mar 2019 ) highlights the gap between committing to gender equality and poverty reduction and delivering it.

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. 

New study by ActionAid highlights misogyny worldwide

A new study highlights the prevalence of misogyny in young people’s everyday lives, with three quarters having been exposed to negative or offensive attitudes towards women in the last six months and 65 per cent of girls having faced some form of sexual harassment in that time.

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.