ActionAid UK

ActionAid’s top priority is to end the inequality that keeps women and girls locked in poverty, and to restore the rights denied them from birth.

Our strategy:

Our ambition is to be a powerful force for change, fighting poverty and injustice. We have chosen to do this by focusing on the rights of women and girls.

In 2017, we launched a new five-year strategy to help us achieve this: “Together, With Women and Girls”.

The denial of women’s and girls’ rights is one of the biggest causes of poverty worldwide, and a grave injustice. No community can truly prosper when half its citizens are denied the rights enjoyed by the other half. Our work will also benefit men and boys living in poverty, but we will put the rights of women and girls at the centre of all that we do.

Over the strategy period from 2017-2022, we will:

  • Significantly reduce the risk of violence against women and girls.
  • Fight for women’s equal rights to economic opportunities.
  • Prioritise women and girls’ rights and leadership in humanitarian crises.

Objective 1 - Violence: Violence against women and girls affects, on average, 1 in 3 women and girls worldwide. Violence, and the threat of violence, hold women and girls back from accessing their full range of human rights – like getting an education, going to work, and taking part in public life. Our work against violence includes combatting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child marriage, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Objective 2 – Economic Opportunities: Our work on women’s economic opportunities encompasses girls’ education, women’s right to land and training and support for sustainable farming and other livelihoods. We also campaign on women’s unpaid care & domestic work and economic policies driving inequality.

Objective 3 – Humanitarian Relief: Women and girls suffer disproportionately during humanitarian emergencies. Violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially in conflict.

ActionAid trains women in leadership skills and disaster preparedness so that they are better equipped to lead their communities — in times of crisis and beyond.

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