All the latest breaking news, press releases and comment from ActionAid UK's media team.
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.
We recognise the specific discrimination that trans women and girls face. ActionAid UK also believes that both sex- and gender-based discrimination are deeply embedded in the patriarchal structures operating in the countries ActionAid works in.
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.