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10-year-old Margaret searches for pieces of plastic on the Mwakirunge rubbish dump near Mombasa, Kenya

Shockingly, 15 million people in the developing world today survive by salvaging waste. Many of them are children. We lift the lid on the worldwide scandal of young kids forced to scavenge on rubbish dumps to survive.Meet Margaret, from Kenya. Margaret lives with her family on the Mwakirunge dumpsite just outside Mombasa. Every day she wades through rubbish, broken glass and toxic waste, collecting scrap metal and plastic to sell to earn a living. She is 10 years old.

Kembi, with Mbeyu George, a member of the Sauti Women's group, sort through corn they have scavenged on Mwakirunge Dumpsite, Mombasa

Just over two days. That’s how long you have to make twice the difference to women and girls globally, who are faced with poverty and violence every single day. Until midnight on Wednesday 25 June the UK government will double all donations made to our She CAN appeal. Time is running out and I’m hoping that you will share our sense of urgency and dig deep. 

Time to speak out to end sexual violence in conflict

This blog won't make easy reading. Anne shared her story and we wanted to tell you what happened to her. Together we must face the reality of sexual violence.

Mbou Jutenda. Makhnda U17 girls football club

Download your ActionAid World Cup sweepstake!

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It’s almost upon us. The world cup kicks off in a matter of days and at ActionAid we’re caught up in sweepstake fever. 

10 year old Furaha Kazungu scavenges for plastic bottle tops on Mwakirunge Dumpsite, Mombasa, Kenya

Makena Mwobobia tells us about ActionAid’s women’s rights work in Kenya and how our She CAN… appeal can make a difference to the lives of some of the poorest people around the world.

10-year-old Kembi on her way to work on Mwakirunge Dumpsite in Mombasa, Kenya

Beyoncé puts it so boldly – “Who run the world? Girls.” It’s a great vision. But we also have to consider some facts. The majority of the world’s poorest people are women. One in three women globally will experience violence in their lifetime simply because they are women. This has to change.