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Manu Yaa has been working for six years to end violence against women and girls in Ghana.

‘I’m free with people. I like helping my community.’ Manu Yaa lives with her daughter in Brong Ahafo, Ghana, where she’s a member of her village’s anti-violence team. Manu says there used to be a lot of violence against women and children in her community, but after six years of her team’s work this has reduced considerably. Here’s how they’ve brought down violence in Brong Ahafo:

L-R: Naomi, Thomas and Doris are members of COMBAT squads - Community Based Anti-Violence Teams - working to end violence against women and girls, especially rape and child marriage, in their communities in northern Ghana.

Janet lives in Ghana with her mother, father and five brothers and sisters. When she was just 11, she was brutally raped by a neighbour. Thanks to the swift action taken by her dad, she is now recovering from the trauma. This Father's Day, we want to share the story of Janet and her dad. 

Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, Emily (left) and George (right), meet girls from Ninkogo Primary School who are campaigning for improvements in local education.

As one of the Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign, Emily Pemberton has just returned from a fact-finding trip to Ghana, where almost half a million children are missing out on school. As world leaders have been meeting at the World Education Forum in Korea to decide on new targets for global education, Emily reports on what it was like meeting young people being denied a future.

Penny goes shopping for a Christmas tree with her family

Award-winning parenting blogger and mother of two, Penny Alexander, supports ActionAid by championing our work. Here she shares her experience of sponsoring a child in Pakistan and describes why sponsorship matters to her whole family.

ActionAid’s work with the often ignored victims of torture

Last year I wrote a report – Condemned without trial: women and witchcraft in Ghana – and was shocked to find out that women end up in “witch camps” where they often live in terrible and degrading conditions until they die. The camps are effectively women’s prisons where the inmates have been given no trial, have no right of appeal, but have received a life sentence.