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Women from Aboroshya women's group in Rwanda celebrate their training in women's rights. Photo: Jane Lennon/ActionAid

#BringTheNoise protest has my vote

Posted in Blogs 8 months 1 week ago

As Donald Trump meets with Theresa May and the Queen today, ActionAid USA Director Marie Clarke explains why it’s so important we take a stand for women’s rights.

Women marching as part of ActionAid Somaliland's Safe Cities Campaign on May 20, 2015

On 13th July, ActionAid will be joining the Bring The Noise protest in London to highlight the importance of women’s rights. Here, our Somaliland Country Director explains why she’ll be amongst those leading the march.

Campaigners in South Africa protest street harassment for the 16 Days of Activism on Violence Against Women, joining with other organisations with a positive solution ‘Tax Pays for Safe Cities for Women’.

For millions of women and girls globally, street harassment is a daily reality of going out in public. From catcalling to unwanted physical contact on public transport, when women and girls feel unsafe in public it holds them back. ActionAid recently carried out some polling in the UK, Brazil, Thailand and India that showed a huge majority of women have experienced harassment or violence. But women and girls everywhere are speaking up to call out the catcallers – just last week, women all over the world marked 2017’s Anti-Street Harassment Week with dozens of inspiring protests. Read on to see some of our favourite creative anti-harassment campaigns from around the world.

ActionAid UK at the Women’s March London 2017, in solidarity with colleagues in Washington DC and around the world.

If you switched on the news this weekend, you might have noticed something incredible taking place on the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency: millions of women, men and children in over 60 countries joined the Women’s March – a call for tolerance, inclusion and women’s rights.We were there at the Women’s March on London, along with more people than anyone expected! The march clearly struck a chord with many of us and, in the aftermath of this global moment, it’s time to ask: what can we do next to stand up for women’s rights?

Campaigners project lines of poetry in central London as part of the Fearless campaign

Last night at 10pm, I was shivering in the dark outside the Houses of Parliament while wondering if someone was going to pop up and tell us off. Why? Along with other campaigners, I was there because of the incredible lines of poetry sent in by people from all over the world for our Fearless campaign to end violence against women. Read on to find out how we took your messages to the heart of government, and to read the moving crowd-sourced poem made from the words of over 3,000 artists, activists, students, campaigners and more.

Our interactive exhibition for Safe Cities Day featuring a group of 30 mannequins, in Marble Arch, London.

Survivors are not statistics

Posted in Blogs 2 years 10 months ago

If you head to London today you might see something a little unusual. This morning, mannequins appeared in front of Marble Arch to mark International Safe Cities for Women Day. Safe Cities Day is celebrated all over the world from Australia to Zimbabwe, and calls for an end to violence against women on the streets of their cities.So what’s with the mannequins?