All the latest breaking news, press releases and comment from ActionAid UK's media team.
Srabani Sen OBE has been announced as the new Chair of Trustees at ActionAid UK, an international charity working with women and girls living in poverty. She will take up her position in September 2020.
Covid-19: ActionAid joins Hygiene and Behaviour Change Coalition led by Unilever and DFID to provide women and girls in Kenya and Nepal with soap and water.
“Don’t cut women’s lifelines” warns charity as new report shows huge spike in femicide and sexual and domestic violence during pandemic worldwide.
As DFID is dismantled, ActionAid says Covid-19 is devastating progress made with women’s rights.
The announcement today to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will sabotage the UK’s ability to respond effectively to the biggest crisis we have faced in a century, at home and abroad. DFID’s hard-won reputation as a world leader in global development is based on long-standing expertise that is critical to tackling the Covid-19 crisis, as well as uplifting the rights of women and girls around the world.
ActionAid UK is endorsing the Gender and Development Network’s (GADN) statement of solidarity on anti-racism. ActionAid UK is a member of the network which works to promote gender equality and women’s rights in international development, and we strongly believe in aligning with and amplifying the voices of allies like GADN in the struggle against inequality, injustice and poverty.
Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, responds to the International Development Committee’s interim report on the effectiveness of UK aid.
ActionAid’s emergency teams are supporting communities as they face the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan, amid the rising threat of Covid-19.
Farah Kabir, Country Director at ActionAid Bangladesh, is available for video interviews about the risk to Cox’s Bazar Rohingya refugee camp following two confirmed cases of Covid-19.
As the UN finds that nearly half the world’s workers are at risk of losing their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ActionAid is warning of the dire situation facing garment workers in Myanmar.
As the Covid-19 crisis continues to escalate globally, the United Nations has announced that the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will be delayed. Dr Amiera Sawas, Senior Climate and Gender Justice Advisor at ActionAid UK comments on this decision.
Lee Margaret Webster, Deputy Director of International Development Policy and Practice at ActionAid UK commenting on the increased risk of domestic violence due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Where one in three women worldwide will experience violence in their lifetime, most likely at the hands of a male partner or close family member. During an epidemic women can face an even higher risk of domestic violence.
ActionAid UK is preparing for how this Covid-19 outbreak will affect our life-changing work with women and girls living in poverty. Over the next few months, we will be working to ensure we can support those who will be most vulnerable to this virus and can continue changing the world with women and girls.
Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s climate lead, calls for global civil society to be directly involved in the UN Climate Summit (COP26) to ensure that the experiences and expertise of those on the frontline of the climate crisis are heard.
Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, responds to the report that the Department for International Development will not be merged into the Foreign Office as part of Whitehall reforms. DFID is vital for those those struggling to survive climate change, poverty and disease – especially women and girls. There is public support for the aid the UK delivers through DFID – over 45,000 people have signed petitions calling on the Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to merge the department with the Foreign Office.
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.”
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.
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.
“The International Trade Committee is right to emphasise women’s rights within post-Brexit trade arrangements — and right in calling for leadership from the Government on this.”
“Misogynistic hate crime isn’t trivial. Violence against women and girls starts with deep-rooted misogynistic attitudes.”
The Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, has proposed changes to the way that the UK government funds aid projects around the world. Her proposals, outlined in a speech this morning, include the potential use of for-profit investments by the private sector as part of aid programmes.
As rescuers search for survivors in Palu, with over 800 people dead and an estimated 1.6 million people affected, our team aims to support all affected areas.
“This sends a message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and women will be listened to and supported by the legal system.”
ActionAid’s Chief Executive Girish Menon responds to the Prime Minister’s speech today in South Africa.
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.”
With a year to go until Brexit, we’ve heard a lot about how UK trade will bring prosperity to us and to others – including developing countries and the Commonwealth. But ministers need to get this right, otherwise we could do more harm than good. Comment from ActionAid UK.
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.
Mike Noyes, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at ActionAid UK, responds to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s (FAC) report on violence in Rakhine State and the UK’s response.
Statistics released by ActionAid today reveal 14 million girls around the world — equivalent to the population of greater London — could face a new year displaced from their homes.
Action Against Hunger UK, ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, Save the Children UK and the International Rescue Committee UK issue a joint statement calling for an end to violence in Myanmar and immediate access for humanitarian aid.
ActionAid UK’s Tax Policy Adviser responds to University of Amsterdam report finding that five countries, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and Ireland, together account for 47 percent of all global investment flows into tax havens
ActionAid urges the Family Planning Summit to acknowledge the effect domestic violence has on reproductive rights.
A new ActionAid report provides detailed evidence of the link between domestic violence and women and girls’ ability to control their bodies and fertility.
The UK government is making a vital effort to provide desperately needed food to Somalia and Ethiopia and we support Priti Patel’s ongoing commitment to the region.
Ssome of the world’s poorest people are set to suffer the consequences as the Trump administration plans to withdraw from Paris climate change agreement.
New ComRes poll of Great Britain reveals that eight in ten British adults support new measures to crackdown on tax havens and corporate tax avoidance.
Hunger, conflict and disease has displaced millions of people across East Africa, with women and girls at particular risk. More action is needed to save lives before it is too late.
Education is a vital tool in the fight against global poverty. Women and girls stand to benefit the most from improved school access.
A year after Panama Papers the UK’s overseas territories remain a safe harbour for tax avoiders and evaders. Progress on tax haven transparency has stalled.
Somalia aid response critically underfunded. World risks repeat of 2011 famine which killed 250,000 people.
Budget 2017 was a lost opportunity to tackle tax dodging and ensure companies pay their fair share in developing countries as well as in the UK.
ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response Mike Noyes said: “The UK Government is making a vital contribution to tackling a string of disasters that is now affecting millions of people across Africa and the Middle East. But the need is huge and countless lives are at stake.
As the leaders of the UK’s Overseas Territories gather in London today to meet Theresa May, a new poll has revealed that Britain’s politicians back a crackdown on tax havens and tax dodging.
Why international development charity ActionAid is backing petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit
Calling on Prime Minster Theresa May to bring critical women’s rights issues to the table when she meets Donald Trump.
Omar Badji, Executive Director of Action Aid Gambia, writes an open letter to Gambia’s new President.
Implementing the Istanbul Convention would signal that efforts to tackle violence must be stepped up around the world.
ActionAid calls on the UK Government support Eilidh Whiteford MP’s Bill and commit to implementing the ground-breaking Istanbul Convention in the UK.
Scottish political leaders Nicola Sturgeon, Kezia Dugdale, Ruth Davidson, Willie Rennie and Patrick Harvie have united to support ActionAid’s Fearless campaign and demand an end to violence against women around the world.
ActionAid welcomes this recognition of the role of grassroots organisations at the frontline of the fight against violence. This is an important step forward and we hope that the Government will continue to build on this commitment in the future.
New ActionAid research highlights a global epidemic of harassment and violence against women.
Cuts to corporation tax will fuel a global race to the bottom and undermine efforts to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax in the world’s poorest countries
ActionAid welcomes UK ratification of Paris Agreement on climate change
ActionAid’s Head of Advocacy comments on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions.
ActionAid welcomes steps to give greater support to the people working to tackle poverty in their own communities
EU tax reform proposals simply don’t go far enough. Loopholes, tax havens and the race to the bottom on corporate tax rates are hurting people in the world’s poorest countries as well as in Europe. Europe should require big companies to publish how much tax they pay in every country where they do business.
Many women and their families face violence and fear in Afghanistan and on the journey to Europe. ActionAid welcomes Priti Patel’s commitment to helping some of the world’s poorest women and children through support support for health, education and the clearing of deadly landmines.
“This report confirms that UK aid’s approach to tackling tax avoidance is incoherent, ineffective and is in danger of failing to deliver for the world’s poorest people. Women and children living in poverty suffer when schools and hospitals are starved of funding by corporate tax avoidance, estimated to cost developing countries a staggering US$200 billion a year.
Massive Bahamas tax haven leak yet again demonstrates that the international tax system is broken.
ActionAid resopnds to reports of a major fire in Moria camp, Lesvos.
Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address a special UN Summit on the refugee crisis. ActionAid responds to reports of her speech.
We are encouraged by the Prime Minister’s commitment to tackle tax avoidance and create a fairer economy. Now we need concrete action.
Friday 2nd September marks the one year anniversary of the tragic death of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi. ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, comments on the anniversary.
Apple asked to pay up to 13 billion for tax avoidance
ActionAid welcomes this early move from the Prime Minister to show she is taking the issue of corporate tax avoidance seriously but the role of UK tax advisers in tax avoidance schemes in poor countries must also be examined.
Campaigners including Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson and Keira Knightley urge UK government to support women’s rights globally12/08/2016
ActionAid alongside 39 public figures, aid agencies and women’s rights’ organisations, call on Priti Patel to show “strong leadership” and lead the fight for gender equality.
A Home Affairs report reveals the huge scale of Europe’s failure on the refugee crisis. The UK is shamefully failing to pull its weight and is not even on track to meet its commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees.
One in three Nigerian women aged 25-29 have been subject to violence. UK Government support for women and girls in Nigeria is welcome, but efforts to tackle violence against women and girls are weak and support services for survivors need to be stepped up.
ActionAid Chief Executive, Girish Menon, welcomes the appointment of Priti Patel MP as Secretary of State for International Development
ActionAid responds to latest UNHCR data on World Refugee Day.
The generosity and commitment of Britain is transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. ActionAid uses UK aid to to support girls living in poverty to go to school, respond to humanitarian crises like the Nepal earthquakes and support women in Africa to claim their human rights and learn new skills.
On Tuesday 7th June 2016 the Health and Social Care Information Centre released new data on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England.
ActionAid has launched an urgent refugee response programme in Athens in response to the escalating crisis in the Greek capital.
ActionAid is calling on world leaders to seek a new global settlement on refugees and migration at the World Humanitarian Summit.
New ActionAid research highlights global epidemic of violence against women in cities.
David Cameron has a unique opportunity at the Anti-Corruption Summit to tackle the UK’s role in enabling corruption and tax dodging.
The release of the Panama Papers data is an unprecedented step forward for the public, journalists and campaigners
The UK government has announced that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children will be resettled in the UK from Greece, Italy and France.
Nepal Government fails to fund a single new home for hundreds of thousands of people affected by last years earthquake disaster
Reports suggest a boat capsizing in the meditteranean has left 400 people dead. ActionAid responds.
The European Commission proposal for international company tax reporting will fail to tackle corporate tax avoidance in the world’s poorest places.
The Prime Ministers proposals to tackle UK-linked tax havens will not curb massive corporate tax avoidance connected to UK-linked tax havens
The Panama papers, the latest in a string of tax revelations, yet again demonstrates that the international tax system is broken.
ActionAid has joined with other charities to call on global leaders to pledge to achieve the UNHCR target of resettlement and alternative pathways for at least 10 percent of Syria’s nearly five million refugees.
ActionAid welcomes this cross-party report and its reiteration of the principle that poverty reduction must be the primary driver of the UK’s aid strategy.
Mike Noyes, Head of Humanitarian Response at ActionAid UK calls on EU leaders to remember the people at the heart of this crisis.
On the fifth anniversary of the conflict in Syria, ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, calls for the UK government to show leadership and commit to resettling a greater number of refugees.
One in three young people in the world is either unemployed or working yet living in poverty. TTIP-style trade deals could push more people in poor countries into low pay, low skill jobs, according to a new report from ActionAid.
Inviting developing countries to implement rules they didn’t write misses the point
ActionAid responds to DFID’s new approach on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) rights.
On International Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation Day (6th Feb) research reveals public concern for FGM is on the rise.
ActionAid responds to the latest UK government commitment to double aid funding to Syrian refugees.
ActionAid has launched a campaign calling for reform of the 1955 UK-Malawi tax treaty. The UK’s treaty, signed during the colonial era, makes it possible for UK companies operating there to pay little or no corporation tax.
The EU have announced new proposals to review the Dublin Agreement, where refugees must claim asylum in the first country they arrive in, and will require EU countries like the UK to resettle a greater number of refugees.
UN Announces First-Ever High-Level Panel On Women’s Economic Empowerment
Nigeria, which has some of the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world, lost US$3.3billion of tax revenue to oil giants Shell, Total and ENI.
ActionAid calls for urgent action on International Migrants Day
ActionAid welcomes the appointment of Baroness Verma as Ministerial Champion for Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas.
ActionAid responds to the Scottish government’s financial pledge at the UN global climate change summit in Paris.
ActionAid responds to the G77 and China joint statement on funding at COP21.
Huge majority of public back new laws to clamp down on tax havens — ActionAid / Oxfam poll
Ahead of the EU-Africa summit, ActionAid calls on the UK government to commit to resettling a greater number of refugees in the UK.
ActionAid welcomes the positive news that, a year and a half after the first outbreak, Sierra Leone has finally been declared Ebola-free.
ActionAid statement in response to the urgent question in parliament on the refugee crisis.
As the number of refugees arriving in Greece this year passes 500,000, ActionAid calls on European governments to do more to tackle the worsening crisis.
24 major aid agencies make unprecedented demand for investigation into bombing of MSF hospital in Afghanistan
18 months after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, survivors are still facing medical complications. Rebuilding public services and livelihoods will take a long time.
The OECD’s plan to tackle global tax avoidance ignores the problems faced by the world’s poorest countries in collecting their fair share of tax from corporations.
ActionAid welcomes news that extreme poverty is likely to fall but warns that we must share the benefits of growth more fairly.
Tens of thousands people are homeless in Bangladesh, India and Myanmar without access to clean water and food.
Women’s rights targets in the text but implementation is the challenge.
Relief efforts should concentrate on providing homes and helping farmers with a liveable income.
An ActionAid report and poll finds that officials are ignoring laws to end violence against women, curtailing funding to women's rights organisations and failing to protect female activists
ActionAid Uganda has stopped working on any health-related genetically modified foods campaigns.
ActionAid is not for or against GMOs but supports a precautionary approach. We do not run any global campaigns on GM technology.
ActionAid has Nigeria based experts available for media interviews on Boko Haram, as the terrorist group attack the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
Women in the developing world lose out by trillions of dollars becuase of gender inequality in the job market.
ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria, Hussaini Abdu is available for interviews on what we must do to stop Boko Haram terrorising and killing innocent people.
Women and children worst affected. Refugees and those homeless in Gaza unprepared.