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Angelina chairs a 25-strong women’s group, supporting survivors of violence and abuse, and women farmers who lost everything during Cylcone Idai and flooding in Mozambique. Image by Daniel Jukes/ActionAid.

By Julia Sánchez, Secretary General, ActionAid International

Nearly three decades ago, governments signed the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since then, laws on domestic violence have been passed in 155 countries and 140 have outlawed sexual harassment in the workplace. But the truth is that, despite substantial progress in raising awareness, today’s world is no safer for women. In fact, the scale of the problem has reached epidemic proportions — globally, one in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

We are sleepwalking into a shadow pandemic of global…

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Women from Tungan Nasara community carry their relief packages as they prepare to return to their homes by Etinosa Yvone for ActionAid

By Anne Jellema, director of ActionAid’s Covid-19 public engagement team, and Lidy Nacpil coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD)

By the end of this year, more than 1.6 billion informal workers will be left destitute and over 260 million people will face starvation as the Covid-19 and climate crises continue to destroy lives and livelihoods.

But money that developing country governments urgently need to support the unemployed, sick and hungry is being siphoned off to repay rich world governments, financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank, and private bond-holders.

Women and girls living…

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A recipient of the relief packages distributed for a community in Nigeria, Etinosa Yvone/ActionAid

Ahead of the G20 finance ministers meeting this week, ActionAid is calling for debt relief and a fresh allocation of the IMF’s quasi currency known as SDRs

By Soren Ambrose, fiscal justice policy adviser at ActionAid.

In April, the G20 took unusually decisive action in response to the Covid-19 economic crisis by announcing a seven-month suspension of bilateral debt payments for 77 developing countries.

While the program could be improved in several ways — extended through 2021, made available to middle-income countries, and move from suspension to cancellation — it remains the one concrete, multilateral effort by rich countries to…

Soaring levels of violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic, demonstrate why women’s shelters, services and local leadership must be prioritised in all emergencies

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Community based womens groups in Bhopal. Abbie Trayler Smith/ActionAid

By Sara Almer, Humanitarian Director at ActionAid

Lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions have unleashed a horrifying surge in domestic violence, femicide and rape. Yet women’s protection services remain the most ignored and underfunded part of the global humanitarian response plan for Covid-19.

New research by ActionAid gives fresh insight into the shocking rise of gender-based violence (GBV) in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. It shows that while violence is rising, women’s…

Young women in Bangladesh campaign against violence and early marriage
Young women in Bangladesh campaign against violence and early marriage
Young women in Bangladesh campaign for decent work and labour rights

Young people might be more resilient to the virus, but not to its impacts

Young people may be slightly more resilient than older folks, but with multiple recorded cases of young people succumbing to the virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has cautioned: “I have a message for young people… you are not invincible.” And, we are certainly not resilient to its social and economic impacts. The intersecting crises facing young people were already dire, add Covid-19, and the situation is almost hopeless.

With forty years of social protections being rolled back through the commodification…

By David Archer, Head of Participation and Public Services, ActionAid International

Globally there are 264 million children and young people out of school, most of whom are girls, and 617 million children who are in school but fail to learn even basic skills owing to the poor quality of education they receive.

More investment is desperately needed in basic education and 2018 could be the year in which we make a breakthrough.

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Farness, 7, is unable to go to school because her mother can’t afford to send her. An adequately-funded public education system could offer Farness opportunities she wouldn’t otherwise have. Photo: Kate Holt/ActionAid

This week education leaders from governments around the world will convene in Dakar, Senegal to make financing pledges to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Hosted jointly by…

As we mark 16 Days of Activism against violence against women, Everjoice Win demonstrates that despite their many differences, much more unites her with the female refugees from Myanmar who have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

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A Rohingya refugee commitee meeting discussing health and sanitation at Mainnerghona camp, Bangladesh. Photo: Noor Alam/ActionAid

As soon as Raziah starts speaking, the tears come flooding. Some of my colleagues start taking videos, photos, I put my pen and paper back in my bag, because I do not want to intrude on this moment. I want to be fully present, be here with and for Raziah and all the other women. Taking a picture feels almost sacrilegious. …

by Toendepi Kamusewu, interim Country Director at ActionAid Zimbabwe

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Ester, 42, shows her SCOPE card used to manage food support cash grants in Zimbabwe. Photo: ActionAid

The arrival of Zimbabwe’s in-coming President on the 22nd of November was a moment of euphoria as was the announcement of former President Mugabe’s resignation. Zimbabweans listened to the President Designate, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa’ s first public speech amidst so much hope for the country’s future in the post Mugabe era.

On arrival in Zimbabwe he addressed Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) supporters at the party’s headquarters in Harare. Munangangwa confirmed the bad blood between himself and the former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and…

Ugandan authorities are cracking down on civil society following protests against plans to change the constitution to allow incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, 73, to stand for President again in 2021. International NGO ActionAid Uganda has been targeted. Following police raids of ActionAid offices in September, the authorities have now closed down the organisation’s bank accounts, preventing it from doing its vital poverty reduction work. Without access to funds, ActionAid will not be able to continue its essential work, including efforts to protect women against violence. …

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By Adriano Campolina, Chief Executive of ActionAid International

Within a decade, Brazil has amazed and inspired the world, demonstrating that it is possible to tackle hunger and inequality with innovative, cross-sectoral and participatory policies. Extreme poverty has been reduced to 3%. Unemployment has been reduced to 5%. The historic inequalities between regions have been significantly diminished. Water storage and wealth distribution have allowed rural workers to face the most severe drought in 50 years without migration or hunger. The country was among the few to achieve Millennium Development Goals 1 and 4: tackling poverty and hunger, and reducing infant mortality.

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