How your gift could help girls like Esther
The UK government will match your donation pound for pound. So we can help twice as many girls who need us.
and it will be doubled to £100, enough to train two women to women to help a girl get justice in court
and it will be doubled to £40, which could train a woman to provide psychosocial support for survivors of violence
and it will be doubled to £20, which could print posters so survivors of sexual violence know how to get help
What is UK Aid Match?
Give today and your donation will be doubled by the UK government at no extra cost to you. This match funding will help pay for projects in Kenya, focused on reducing all forms of violence against women and girls. All donations made to this appeal between 7 March and 7 June 2018 will be matched, up to £5 million.
Not this girl. Not any girl.
From the moment they are born, girls face many forms of violence. In Kenya, one in every three girls experience sexual violence during childhood.
Watch this video to see how we’re funding local women’s groups to challenge this violence every day.
Extreme poverty makes women and girls even more vulnerable to abuse. Survivors often can’t afford medical or legal support and are left alone to deal with the emotional and physical impacts of the abuse.
- Girls’ bodies are often seen as the property of men. Many girls drop out of school due to being forced to marry while they’re still children, and becoming pregnant.
- In some of Kenya’s poorest regions, one in four children is HIV-positive. AIDS has wiped out whole generations, often leaving young girls to raise their siblings.
- Women and girls living in the poorest parts of Kenya are subjected to rape, regular beatings and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence. A tiny minority of survivors report cases of violence to the police, because of the stigma, because they don’t know their legal rights or don’t trust the police.
“Without support, I would not have been able to afford treatment for my daughter when she was raped”.
Margaret, Kilifi county, Kenya
Telling Esther’s story
Esther and her family gave us full permission to share their story, but to protect Esther’s anonymity we have changed certain identifying details, and we have not used her photograph. The photograph accompanying her story at the top and bottom of this page is of a girl called Jenny who has not experienced abuse. Jenny and her mother gave their full informed consent for us to take photos of her to be used in this way.
Read more about our Not This Girl appeal
How is ActionAid tackling exploitation and abuse of girls in Kenya? Find out as we launch our three-month appeal, Not This Girl.
Watch our behind the scenes video where we explain how we’re protecting the identity of young survivors of violence in our Not This Girl appeal.
Living in poverty increases the risk of women and girls experiencing violence. Find out why, and how you can support ActionAid’s Not This Girl appeal.