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Susan, who leads the Kongelai Women's Network in Kenya. Their aim is to end FGM and ensure girls can stay in school

Meet the FGM heroes: Susan, Kenya

Posted in Blogs 2 years 1 month ago

Susan is a women’s rights campaigner in western Kenya, who yearns for girls to complete their education. The 39-year-old mother dropped out of school when she was 12 years old. The reason? She endured female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of 12 and got married shortly after. Now, Susan leads a network of 107 local women who want to bring FGM to an end, and ensure girls can stay in school. 

Left to right: Leona Gomo, Jimisha Dahn, Wyvatta Vivian Kamara, Finda Callende and Elizabeth Gbah are encouraging women to raise their voices in Liberia

In seven universities across Monrovia, Liberia's capital, a small revolution is happening. Fed up with sexual harassment and abuse, a group of female students is fighting back, using their own radio show to protect and promote women’s rights on campus, supported by ActionAid Liberia.Women Speak's different chapters work on different issues, led by the concerns of female students, but they all offer a safe space where women can come together, support one another and raise issues to campaign on – from sexual harassment to the right to wear what they want. 

The Conservative Party Conference is an opportunity for Theresa May to follow up on her commitments to tackling tax dodging.

In April 2016 the Panama Papers broke open the secret world of tax havens. The leak of 11.5 million files from the law firm Mossack Fonseca gave the world a look into nearly fifty years of the relationship between tax, tax dodging and tropical tax havens. That scandal has been followed by controversy over Apple’s tiny tax bill and a leak of more than a million tax haven files from the Bahamas. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has rightly called for a crackdown on tax dodging. Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference we look at what she can do to deliver on that call. 

ActionAid, Oxfam and Christian Aid turned London’s iconic Trafalgar Square into an interactive, tropical tax haven to increase pressure on world leaders to clamp down on tax dodging at the anti corruption summit in May 2016

Late last night news broke of another massive tax haven leak, this time from the Bahamas. Developing countries lose billions every year to corporate tax avoidance, money that could be spent on fighting poverty.

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Rabiatu (left) had FGM at the age of seven. Now she helps other girls avoid the pain that she went through

How child sponsorship is helping tackle FGM

Posted in Blogs 2 years 6 months ago

As anyone who sponsors a child with ActionAid will know, child sponsorship doesn't just benefit one child - it benefits their whole community. One important way that we're improving girls' lives in some of the communities where we work is through tackling female genital mutliation (FGM), and by supporting FGM survivors. Find out how child sponsorship is playing a crucial role in helping to end FGM.

Boys and girls looking out of the window of their classroom in West Pokot, Kenya. The school is supported by ActionAid

In the UK 1st September means back to school. No doubt some parents are frantically making sure their children are fully equipped for the new school year, while many girls and boys are wishing the summer holidays would never end. But in Kenya, when children return to the classroom, some faces will almost certainly be missing - the faces of girls. Girls who are absent not by choice. Not because they don't want to study. But because during the holidays they have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).