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Gender Defenders from Mukuru slum, Kenya (left to right): Veronica, Jurusha, Alice Waruniguru, Patience, Nancy, Rukia

Gender Defenders are courageous community volunteers, trained by ActionAid, who stand up to sexual and gender-based violence in Kenya. It's a name they came up with themselves, and one they bear with pride.From helping survivors reach hospital to navigating the legal system, each one – women and men – plays a vital role in preventing and responding to violence. Some are mums whose daughters have been raped. Others have personal experiences, like Alice, whose story I'd like to share with you.

Mary, 3, lives in the Mukuru slum

Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya is home to over half a million people - many of whom live in extreme poverty. Low wages, insecure employment, limited education opportunities and poor sanitation are just some of the challenges facing local communities. Through our Not This Girl appeal, ActionAid is working with local women's groups to help prevent girls being abused and enable them to stay in school. All donations to the appeal before 7 June will be matched by the UK government as part of UK Aid Match. Find out what life is like for girls growing up in the Mukuru slum, and how you can help change their lives for good. 

Helen from ActionAid UK talking with a young mum at her sewing machine at an ActionAid-funded women's resource centre in Kilifi county, Kenya

You may have seen ActionAid’s latest Not This Girl appeal to help keep girls safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. Throughout the appeal, supported by UK Aid Match, we will be sharing stories of women and girls who have survived violence.Watch our behind the scenes video and read on below to find out how we balance authentic storytelling with protecting survivors.

Me, standing outside our Wangu Kanja Foundation office in Mukuru slum, Nairobi, Kenya

Today, ActionAid UK launches the Not This Girl appeal to keep girls safe from sexual exploitation and abuse. The appeal will support the amazing women’s networks who help survivors of violence get access to justice, and stand together to say: 'No girl should live in fear. Not this girl. Not any girl.'The campaign is supported by UK Aid Match, which means that until 7 June every donation you make will be matched pound for pound by the UK government. Read on to find out why girls in Kenya need our help so urgently, and how a donation from you could change their lives and the lives of other vulnerable girls around the world.

Cecilia and Angelie carry jerry cans back from a watering hole to their village.

Fighting the impacts of drought in Kenya

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More than 3 million people in Kenya are impacted by the drought across East Africa, with the worst affected living in the arid and semi-arid lands across the country. The rains have been depressed over the past year and pastoralists are very badly impacted, their livelihoods destroyed and their families suffering. FIfteeen of the 23 arid and semi-arid counties are now in the emergency category. The priority now is to save lives and livelihoods.

Habiba, 50, (right) has walked for 25 days from Ethiopia to Ceelbaxay water-point in Somaliland, in desperate search of water.

If you've been watching the news recently, you'll have seen the catastrophic effects that drought is having on lives and livelihoods in East Africa at the moment. The rains have failed, and as a result crops and livestock have been wiped out - leaving the people who depend on them on the brink of famine. The link between drought and hunger is horribly clear. But drought also increases the risk of another kind of danger, which is often more hidden and less talked about: the risk of violence against women and girls (VAWG). This World Water Day, find out why drought is making women and girls in East Africa more vulnerable to violence.