ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.

This is the story of 14 year old Loveness Sitima

ActionAid’s work helps young girls stay in school and finish their education. We help thousands just like Loveness escape or completely avoid early girl marriage. With an education they can change their circumstances forever. 

Women’s rights 

We believe that gender equality and women’s empowerment are key to addressing global poverty. The vital role of women in sustainable development has long been recognised.

At present women work two thirds of the world’s working hours, produce half of the world’s food, yet earn only 10% of the world’s income and own less than 1% of the world’s property. More than 850 million people - most of them women and children, suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition. 

Men still dominate decision-making at every level in many of the societies where we work, from village councils to national government, so even when policies are introduced to help the poor, they often ignore the needs of women.

The main focus of our women’s rights programmes is to reduce the incidences of violence against women and girls at community level and to empower women to become financially independent and to become leaders within their communities.

Our country programmes work with community groups, traditional and religious leaders, schools and local authorities to:

  • Educate young girls about their rights, so they know and understand that they alone own the right over their body
  • Educate whole communities on women's rights issues
  • Increase women’s access to and control over land
  • Stop female genital mutilation 
  • End violence against girls in schools
  • Support women in becoming economically and finacially independent
  • Reduce women’s vulnerability to violence and HIV and AIDS

Read more about our work supporting womens' rights around the world