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At ActionAid's centre in Varanasi, India, more than 100 children who have experienced trafficking are finding safety and hope, along with counselling and education, and the chance to play with their friends

Human traffickers look like you or me

Posted in Blogs 2 years 2 months ago

It starts with a smile and a promise. An offer of help to a struggling mum or show of affection to a neglected child. A golden opportunity to a hardworking girl who wants to free her family from poverty. But behind the human trafficker's apparent kindness is an industry that causes untold misery around the world.

L-R: Naomi, Thomas and Doris are members of COMBAT squads - Community Based Anti-Violence Teams - working to end violence against women and girls, especially rape and child marriage, in their communities in northern Ghana.

Janet lives in Ghana with her mother, father and five brothers and sisters. When she was just 11, she was brutally raped by a neighbour. Thanks to the swift action taken by her dad, she is now recovering from the trauma. This Father's Day, we want to share the story of Janet and her dad. 

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. 

Women call for an end to violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This week I took part in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict led by UK foreign minister William Hague and actor and activist Angelina Jolie. Hague said he wanted it to be a “summit like no other”.

How we can end sexual violence in conflict?

How we can end sexual violence in conflict?

Posted in Blogs 4 years 8 months ago

It’s degrading, humiliating and destroys a woman’s sexual identity. These are just some of the words that were used to describe sexual violence in conflict - war rape. They came from ActionAid frontline aid workers and actors and ActionAid ambassadors, Sarah Alexander and Helen Worth.

Cast and director of the play Nirbhaya by the ActionAid 'FEARLESS' installation

Listening to the testimonies of survivors of sexual violence may be hard - but it’s nothing compared to going through it.