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

Women's rights

70% of people living in poverty are women. Women around the world are more likely to live in poverty - just because they are women. 

Men still dominate decision-making at every level, from village councils to national governments, so even when policies are introduced to help the poor, they often ignore the needs of women.

Despite these injustices, women everywhere have made great strides in advancing women's righs. But we have also witnessed increasing harassment, backlash, and violence towards women seeking change.

Women are powerful forces for change, amazingly determined and resourceful in their fight to achieve a better future. Income in the hands of women has a dramatic impact on the wellbeing of their families, since they spend a significant proportion of it on children’s food, health and education.

Every time a family has good food to eat and clean water to drink, every day that a child arrives at school or a sick person makes it to the clinic, it’s usually a woman who has fought for this small, daily victory over adversity.

The best way to end poverty is to strengthen women in their own struggles, helping them to unleash their own potential to change the world.

ActionAid and women's rights

ActionAid defends the rights of women and girls to live free from gender-based violence, have dignity in the face of HIV and AIDS, control their sexuality, and enjoy economic empowerment. 

Our three focus areas are

  1. Violence against women and girls in public and private spaces
  2. Economic alternatives for women - including the recognition, redistribution, and reduction of women's unpaid care work, and supporting the development women-only cooperatives and collectives
  3. Sexual and reproductive health and rights


  • Women have called for global recognition of violence against women as both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS and the integration of responses to both the HIV and violence epidemics.

    Fulera Sayibu, 68, speaks at a gathering in an alleged witches camp in Kukuo vil
  • Life Choices & Livelihoods in Poor Urban Areas

    With 2012 witnessing the highest ever urban populations and migration to towns and cities on the rise, levels of urban poverty are also increasing.

  • In the context of poverty, unpaid care work is more time-consuming and difficult forcing mainly women and girls to give up their rights to an education, a decent job or even just a few minutes to rest.

    Sandhya says that women have to be responsible for doing all the unpaid care wor
  • This International Women's Day we're looking at life for women and girls in urban areas, and how we can make cities safe.

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