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Meet ActionAid's humanitarian heroes

Posted in Blog 1 year 1 month ago

When disaster strikes, ActionAid does things differently. We work directly with local women and girls to provide support and save lives. Meet just some of the incredible women ActionAid works with in humanitarian emergencies around the world, and find out how they get supplies and information quickly and fairly to those who need it most.

Some of the thousands of Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh queuing under umbrellas for food from ActionAid, having fled violence in Myanmar

There are more than 600,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar. As the eyes of the world follow every step of his visit, pressure is on for the Pope to foster a peaceful, long-term solution to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.

Taslima was orphaned as her family fled violence in Myanmar

Imagine leaving everything behind; losing your husband or your parents; being the sole provider for your children or younger siblings. Thousands of Rohingya women and girls are now in this desperate position - often forced to sleep on the roadside - and recruiters of the sex industry are setting their sights on them. The #MeToo campaign is currently joining women's voices from around the world, exposing men who commit rape and sexual assault. We must not forget the women and girls who don't have a voice; like those fleeing conflict in Myanmar. 

Nurun Nahar dancing at ActionAid's Survivors Runway fashion show. Nurun Nahar is an acid attack survivor and also works for ActionAid Bangladesh

On Tuesday 10 October, ActionAid UK and ActionAid Bangladesh came together to put on a fashion show with a difference. Instead of celebrating traditional ideals of beauty, Survivors' Runway celebrated the inner beauty and strength of eight acid attack survivors, who travelled over from Bangladesh to speak out against violence against women and girls. Watch our full livestream of the show below and read on to learn more about the survivors' stories.

16-year-old UK Girlguide, Caitlin, meets 16-year-old acid attack survivor Shonali, from Bangladesh, after ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show

Last night, 16-year-old Girlguide, Caitlin, met 16-year-old acid attack survivor Shonali, after ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show. This special event was to stand in solidarity with survivors to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Watch the two teenagers reflect on the show and share their messages to girls in the UK for International Day of the Girl.

Members of the Acid Attack Survivors' Network set up by ActionAid Bangladesh

Acid attacks disproportionately affect women. Sonali, NurunNahar and Jasmen have all been attacked with acid – a traumatising experience leaving them with severe physical and emotional scars. They have not let their suffering silence them though. Through support from the Acid Survivors’ Network set up by ActionAid Bangladesh, they have helped one another integrate back into society and speak out.