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Two girls making their way to school in Kenya. Many young girls living in poverty are subjected to harassment on their journey to school. This leaves them feeling vulnerable, frightened, and has a negative impact on their education.

"Hey, sexy!" Millions of women and girls around the world will have heard that phrase - or something like it - cutting into their daily lives, unwanted and uninvited, as they walk to work or get the bus to school. Some might say that it's harmless, just a joke, or perhaps even a compliment. But catcalling is none of those things. It's an explicit demonstration of power, one that is intended to frighten or intimidate the person it's addressed to. It is based in deep-rooted gender inequality, which sees women's bodies as not their own. 

Mary is a member of the Nyarongi Women’s Network and the Chairperson of their paralegal team

Women and girls living in the poorest parts of the world are vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence. Only a tiny minority of survivors report their cases to the police. Many are too afraid to speak out because of stigma, because they don't know their legal rights, or because they don't trust the police. Our Not This Girl appeal, supported by UK Aid Match, is empowering local women in Kenya to support survivors of sexual violence and bring perpetrators to justice. ActionAid is training local women, so they have the knowledge, skills and confidence to support survivors through the legal process. We want to introduce the police woman and empowered paralegals, who are helping survivors of violence and sexual abuse get the support they need.

Steven gets a rapturous welcome from the children in Lal Gberay village in Sierra Leone, where he's helped to fund a school

You might know Steven Caulker as a talented Premier League footballer who plays for Queen's Park Rangers, as well as for his appearance in the England national team. But he's also just returned from an emotional trip with ActionAid to Sierra Leone, his grandfather’s homeland. It's always been Steven's dream to go and visit this west African country. Here Steven shares his experiences about the people he met in Sierra Leone: from the Ebola survivor who lost eight members of her family to the disease, to the children who are hungry for an education at the primary school Steven helped to fund, and the fearless women who are working hard to provide a better future for themselves and the next generation.

How you made 2015 an amazing year

How you made 2015 an amazing year

Posted in Blogs 3 years 2 weeks ago

This has been a wonderful, terrifying, inspirational year. Thanks to our amazing supporters, we helped more than five million people in 2015. Take a minute to watch this short review of the year, to see how you’ve helped the world’s poorest women and girls. Warning: contains cute children!

Female garment workers supported by ActionAid campaigning for respect of labour laws in Bangladesh

As 'Brexit day' approaches, ActionAid calls for a fundamental reorientation of trade and investment policies to improve women’s economic rights by creating safe, fair jobs.

Thank you for your support in 2017

How your support has changed lives in 2017

Posted in Blogs 1 year 4 weeks ago

I'm incredibly proud to share this short, heart-warming, video with you - featuring just some of the women and girls from around the world whose lives have been transformed thanks to your support in 2017.