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ActionAid colleagues from around the world at the UN General Assembly

As the UN agreed the new Sustainable Development Goals last week, over 80 Heads of Government met to show how they would work to promote gender equality and end violence against women. Unfortunately, David Cameron wasn’t one of them.

Wangu Kanja, 40, founder of the Wangu Kanja Foundation in Kenya

Violence against women is a shocking fact of life for one woman in three globally. It not only affects women physically and psychologically, but it holds back entire communities and their development. Bringing down violence isn't easy, but fearless women all over the world are standing up and speaking out. Let these five amazing women inspire you with their stories of fearlessness and stand with them by taking action now.