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Meet four women tackling sexual violence in Zanzibar.

On the frontline against sexual violence in Zanzibar are four incredible women, dedicated to protecting women and girls who are vulnerable to abuse. Meet the police sergeant, the women's rights activist, the lawyer and the ActionAid shelter coordinator who are supporting survivors of sexual violence and helping to bring their attackers to justice. 

10-year-old sponsored child Zeinab smiling at her home on the outskirts of StoneTown, Zanzibar

Zeinab, 10, lives on the island of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. Girls like Zeinab are at serious risk of abuse. Rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and domestic violence are common: more than one in 20 women in Zanzibar reported experiencing at least one incident of sexual violence before the age of 18, according to a UNICEF report. Here Zeinab and her mum Maryam tell us about how child sponsorship has made a difference in their lives.

Girls at ActionAid's Happy Homes centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Three ways to beat the post-Christmas blues

Posted in Blog 3 years 3 weeks ago

Here we are again, in that typically quiet patch between Christmas and New Year. We’ve most likely spent the past few days eating delicious food and being spoilt rotten by our families. But as we approach 2017, it’s time to stop and reflect.

Thank you for supporting our work in 2016.

Watch our video of 2016 highlights

Posted in Blog 3 years 4 weeks ago

2016 has been an incredibly eventful year on the world stage. But with your steadfast support, together we’ve achieved thousands of everyday victories in this time of change. Take a look at our video to see what we’ve achieved together this year.

Fay Ripley's family sponsors not just one but two children through ActionAid in Tanzania.

You might know actor Fay Ripley as the determined and courageous Jenny in the much-loved TV drama "Cold Feet". She's also the author of several cookbooks and a proud mother to two very generous children. Here she shares with us the reasons for why her family sponsors not just one but two children through ActionAid, and describes her visit to Tanzania to witness our work first-hand, in this exclusive interview.

Gemma Chan and other top female UK actors support our Safe from Harm campaign.

Some of the UK's most renowned female actors are lending their voices to our Safe from Harm Christmas appeal, by reading the testimonials of four young girls who are survivors of sexual violence. Gemma Chan, Andrea Riseborough, Jane Horrocks, Jaime Winstone and Laura Carmichael star in our powerful new film, to raise awareness of the violence and exploitation faced by girls across the world.