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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.

Six-year-old Lucy lives in Kenya, which is one of the countries where we run child sponsorship

Sponsoring a child is a really fulfilling thing to do - for you, the child and their whole community. And because ActionAid does child sponsorship differently to other charities, people often have questions about our approach and what to expect. So we thought it was worth answering them here. If you're thinking of becoming a child sponsor, then read on!

A poster encouraging people to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence to the helpline run by ActionAid and the Wangu Kanja Foundation in Mukuru slum, Kenya

Wangu Kanja is something of a pioneer. Years before the #MeToo movement, she was speaking out about sexual violence in the tough, urban context of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Wangu was carjacked and raped in 2002 and when she went to report it to the police, she found they would not take her seriously.From this knockback, she realised that many of the poorest women in Kenya don't know what to do after surviving sexual assault - and never get the support and justice they deserve. This is made worse by stigma, shame and a culture of silence that stop women from asking for help. She decided things needed to change.

Amy is six years old and lives in Kilifi county, one of the poorest areas in Kenya, where girls are very vulnerable to violence

Violence against women and girls is a daily reality, experienced in every country, every city and every town throughout the world. One in three women globally will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, most likely at the hands of an intimate partner such as a husband or boyfriend.Living in poverty increases the risk of women and girls experiencing violence. Find out five key ways poverty is linked to violence, and how you can help.