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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.

The Women’s March on London – what’s next?

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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?

ActionAid campaigners and staff march in central London in support of refugees, September 2016

This Saturday, on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, ActionAid UK will be standing in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in the USA by joining the Women’s March on London. Along with grassroots-organised sister marches in Washington D.C. and around the world, we’ll be marching to protect tolerance, inclusion and women’s rights – values that we feel are under threat now more than ever. Read on to find out how to join us.

Daisy Amdany chairs the National Women's Steering Committee, a coalition working for women's rights in Kenya.

Great news! After more than a year of our supporters campaigning shoulder to shoulder with women’s rights activists around the world, the government have just announced a big chunk of funding to support the grassroots groups ending violence against women. These groups are the absolute backbone of the fight for gender equality, so this is amazing news. Here’s how this will make a difference to women’s and girls’ lives all over the world:

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. 

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.