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16-year-old UK Girlguide, Caitlin, meets 16-year-old acid attack survivor Shonali, from Bangladesh, after ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show

Last night, 16-year-old Girlguide, Caitlin, met 16-year-old acid attack survivor Shonali, after ActionAid's Survivors' Runway fashion show. This special event was to stand in solidarity with survivors to end all forms of violence against women and girls. Watch the two teenagers reflect on the show and share their messages to girls in the UK for International Day of the Girl.

Members of the Acid Attack Survivors' Network set up by ActionAid Bangladesh

Acid attacks disproportionately affect women. Sonali, NurunNahar and Jasmen have all been attacked with acid – a traumatising experience leaving them with severe physical and emotional scars. They have not let their suffering silence them though. Through support from the Acid Survivors’ Network set up by ActionAid Bangladesh, they have helped one another integrate back into society and speak out.

Alesha Dixon: "I met girls at risk of child marriage"

Long-term ActionAid supporter and Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon recently joined us in Ghana to meet young girls at risk of child marriage. Watch this short film of her trip and read her personal account below. 

Kuuntunna, 30, sits with his daughter Porshia, seven.  They are outside her school but he worries that her education could be cut short by the risk of marriage by abduction, which is a disturbing problem in the part of northern Ghana where they live.

Meet the men standing against child marriage

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Kuuntunna is a farmer who has many dreams for his seven-year-old daughter. None of them involves seeing her become a child bride. Yet he fears this chilling prospect because he lives in a part of Ghana where many girls are abducted and forced into child marriage. Poverty and patriarchy drive the problem.  But men can also be part of the solution. Meet four men who are standing with local women and ActionAid to tackle child marriage in northern Ghana.

Sign outside the ActionAid tent at Latitude 2017

Having your period at a festival can be a bit of a nightmare, when clean loos and sanitary items are hard to come by. Millions of women and girls around the world face these challenges on a monthly basis – no sanitary products, no proper toilets, no clean water - often causing them to drop out of education.That's why we were at Latitude Festival over the weekend – to bust period taboos and fundraise to help keep girls in school when they have their period. Check out our highlights - in pictures.

Fatima, now 16, recalls how she was abducted and released in northern Ghana.

Every two seconds, somewhere in the world a girl is forced to marry. That's 28 child brides a minute. So by the time you finish reading this blog, 100 childhoods could have been cut short. Child marriage is a fundamental violation of a girl's rights. In its most violent form it begins with abduction. Here, women and girls kidnapped in northern Ghana, where ActionAid works, talk about how they survived.