All the latest breaking news, press releases and comment from ActionAid UK's media team.
“The policing decisions made in response to women who were sad, hurt and angry last weekend, and the subsequent new safety measures, show that the authorities still are not really listening to and addressing the concerns and needs of women and girls.
Commenting on the distressing disappearance of Sarah Everard and the outpouring of emotion and debate about women’s safety on the streets, ActionAid UK’s deputy director of policy, advocacy and programmes, Lee Margaret Webster responds.
Stand Up with Women: Latitude Festival and ActionAid announce comedy gig to beat January blues in support of women and girls leading change.
Just a week and a half after deadly super storm Goni hit the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco is tearing through the same communities causing further destruction of homes and livelihoods.
ActionAid’s partners in the Philippines are supporting local communities after Super Typhoon Goni hit Bicol and Mindoro island causing flooding and landslides.
ActionAid says there is an urgent need for more funding and support to provide emergency food, water and shelter for the most vulnerable after Typhoon Molave hit Vietnam.
After over five years as Chief Executive at the international charity ActionAid UK, Girish Menon is leaving to join STIR Education. Girish will remain in post at ActionAid until the end of the year and an interim CEO will be recruited ahead of his successor being appointed.
Commenting on the formation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Farah Nazeer, Deputy Director of Advocacy at ActionAid UK, says:
ActionAid’s emergency teams are supporting communities in Beirut after an explosion hit the city and killed 100 people and injured thousands.
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.