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ActionAid Greece worker Anna distributes dignity kits at a women's friendly space on Lesvos.

Why menstruation matters for refugee women

Posted in Blogs 1 year 11 months ago

Providing sanitary kits to women, which include sanitary towels, underwear, wet wipes, a soap bar, a toothbrush and toothpaste, has been a key part of ActionAid Greece's response to the refugee crisis since November 2015. We have distributed 41,000 sanitary kits so far: initially through women friendly spaces in camps on the island of Lesvos, and now in camps in Athens. Mel Phadtare, the Head of Humanitarian Response Program for ActionAid Greece, explains why these kits are so essential, based on her team on the ground's observations. 

Hundreds of lifejackets on the bank of the River Thames to highlight the plight of refugees who have fled war-torn countries in search of safety in Europe ahead of the Refugees Welcome March

This morning hundreds of life jackets washed up on the banks of the river Thames in London. We created this visual installation to highlight the plight of the thousands of refugees who have risked their lives trying to reach safety, and demand that our government does more to help ahead of the Refugees Welcome Here march this Saturday. Will you join us? 

If your home had been destroyed, could you stay?

Could you stay? UK cities reimagined

Posted in Blogs 2 years 8 months ago

There are more refugees in the world than there have ever been: 65.3 million people right now are on the move, having been forced to flee their homes. But no matter how shocking this number is, it's hard to identify with a statistic, let alone empathise with one. When thinking about the refugee crisis, and what our response should be to it, we need to make an imaginative leap and imagine what people - people just like us - are facing when they run for their lives. 

Tags: refugees, lesvos

ActionAid joined thousands of people in London for last year's Refugees Welcome march

Join us on the Refugees Welcome Here march

Posted in Blogs 2 years 9 months ago

Last September, a photo of a small boy on a beach caused a shockwave of horror across Europe. With his blue shorts, red t-shirt and small shoes, Alan Kurdi looked like any one of the thousands of European children who had enjoyed a seaside holiday with their families that summer.  But the photo was wrong. Instead of playing in the sand, Alan was lying face down in it. He had drowned, alongside his brother Galib and mother Rehana, as they fled the war in Syria for a safer life in Europe. Despite the outrage, the headlines, the political promises that followed these photos, one year later children are still dying. Today, on World Humanitarian Day, make a pledge to join us on Saturday 17 September to march in solidarity with refugees and stop children dying on Europe's shores.

Tags: refugees, lesvos

Three teenage boys who attended ActionAid training and are now campaigning to end FGM in Somaliland.

There are 836 million people living in extreme poverty, most of them in developing countries. The figures are staggering. But the power to change that lies in the hands of young people, and the young people who work with ActionAid provide a really inspiring example. International Youth Day falls every year on 12th August, and this year’s theme is “eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production”. That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate just some of the amazing young people who work with ActionAid.

Tags: FGM, tax, refugees, events

ActionAid's all-female refugee football team, after their first match.

The incredible Olympic refugee team are making headlines across the world, but there's an equally inspiring refugee sports team that you might not have heard of: ActionAid's all-female refugee football team in Lebanon.17-year-old centre forward Hanin, blogs for us on why they formed the team, what it means to her and what the women have overcome to become ActionAid’s ‘Premier League’.