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One Girl's Journey is inspired by the experiences of women and girls we work with in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

One Girl’s Journey, our new short film, is inspired by the experiences of women and girls we work with in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Deborah “Smallie” Lomotey, ActionAid Ghana’s Communications Officer, during the filming of One Girl's Journey.

Behind the scenes of One Girl’s Journey

Posted in Blogs 1 month 2 weeks ago

We go behind the scenes with Deborah “Smallie” Lomotey, to discuss the making of One Girl’s Journey and what our short film means to her and the community that got involved.

Two girls holding ActionAid's 'No more taboos' sign. We need girls to know that positive attitudes about periods are vital to their development.

Why I openly talk about my period

Posted in Blogs 6 months 1 week ago

TV presenter, Lauren Layfield, wants to normalise the way we talk about periods. She wants girls to be able to talk positively about their menstrual hygiene and have the confidence to stand up and say #MyBodyIsMine. As part of our World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018 appeal, Lauren writes about the impact of period taboos and why we all need to start talking openly about menstruation. 

Lavender lives in Nyarongi, Kenya, where many girls are affected by period poverty.

Period poverty is a problem. One in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their period because they don’t have access to sanitary products, or because there aren’t safe, private toilets for them to use at school.1 In a class of thirty girls, that means three students are falling behind with their studies every month. Simply because they’re girls. When girls can't afford to buy sanitary products, it can stop them from achieving their full potential. Find out how period poverty is affecting girls in Nyarongi, Kenya, and how you can help make sure that periods don't hold girls back.

Rama Bhandari, 20, is campaigning to end harmful period practices in Nepal.

#MyBodyIsMine on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

Posted in Blogs 6 months 2 weeks ago

Menstrual care is a human right. When women and girls are denied the ability to manage their periods with dignity, cycles of poverty and gender inequality become harder to break. That's why on World Menstrual Hygiene Day ActionAid is helping women and girls say #MyBodyIsMine, by ensuring that their periods don't hold them back. 

16-year old acid attack survivor Sonali, modelling at ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show on Tuesday 10 Oct 2017

Today is International Day of the Girl, a day to celebrate girls, listen to their voices, and raise awareness of what holds them back. One of the biggest human rights abuses girls face around the world is violence. 1 in 3 women face violence in their lifetime - for many this is during childhood. Kate from Girlguiding shares her experience of last night's Survivors' Runway - a fashion show fronted by eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh, standing #WithWomenSurvivors to end violence against women and girls.