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Beatrice, seen here with her onion seedlings, is one of 145 survivors of domestic violence in Uganda who are earning an independent income thanks to ActionAid child sponsors.

Since working with ActionAid Uganda I've met many women who have experienced domestic violence. The worst thing is that these women feel unable to escape. But it doesn't need to be this way. Thanks to child sponsorship, ActionAid is training women to start their own businesses so they can support themselves. I'd like to tell you about two of these women.

Peace playing for the UK-based Loughborough Lightning netball squad

ActionAid has been working with the England and Uganda netball teams to promote our work ending violence against women and girls living in poverty. Ahead of a series of matches between the two teams, we spoke to Peace Proscovia – a star shooter for the Ugandan team and Australia's Sunshine Coast Lightning club.

Jennifer is a lawyer and project officer at an ActionAid shelter in Gulu, Uganda. Photo: Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid

Shivani is the coordinator of an ActionAid-supported One-Stop Crisis Centre based in Bhopal, India. She writes about our Christmas appeal, Home Shouldn’t Hurt, what it means to her and why it’s so important to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

Anyiese with her two grandchildren who she cares for, sitting outside their home in Nebbi, Uganda.

In Nebbi, Uganda, if a woman becomes widowed, she will often face land grab challenges from her husband’s relatives. This is because only men are viewed as rightful land-owners here, even though the law in Uganda says otherwise. I recently met a lady called Anyiese, 67, from Nebbi, who lost her land to her in-laws, after her husband died in 2012. Without her land or an income, Anyiese could not provide for her sons, both of whom have severe learning disabilities, and two of her grandchildren that she lives with. But thanks to support through child sponsorship, ActionAid has helped her win back her land and earn an income so that she can care for her family and support her grandchildren through school.

Kasfer, 28, with her two daughters. Both Kasfer and her husband Felix are HIV positive.

The region in which Kumi is situated has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in Uganda. Despite this, the communities here have a limited understanding about the virus and how it’s transferred, so people who are living with HIV face heavy stigmatisation – especially women, making it even harder for them to survive and support their children. I recently met a lady called Kasfer, who is 28 years old and lives in Kumi with her husband, Felix, and their two daughters. Both Kasfer and Felix are HIV positive. Read how ActionAid child sponsorship has helped them cope and manage to keep their daughters in school.

Campaigners in Nigeria take to the street to fight for tax justice

Take action to support a global tax body

Posted in Blogs 3 years 5 months ago

Next week, government ministers from across the globe will descend on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, for the Financing for Development summit. Along with a coalition of developing countries and campaigners, we’re calling on the summit to agree to a new global tax body. Read on to find out how this could help people living in the world's poorest countries.​