Campaigns, Policy and Advocacy

We campaign for long-lasting sustainable change. This means challenging the root causes of poverty that keep people poor.

We keep pressure on governments and corporations to combat inequality and make sure that women and children can live free from violence.

Together with activists from 25 countries, we fight to tackle policies and attitudes that hold women back, including unfair tax systems, inequitable access to vaccines and violence against women.

Occupied Territories Bill  

ActionAid began working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) following the humanitarian crisis in Gaza in 2007. We work long-term in oPt to find pathways to peace and justice.

In Ireland, we are calling in the government to enact the Occupied Territories Bill. This would make Ireland the first EU country to ban trade with illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. Trading with these illegal settlements not only makes their existence financially viable but threatens our international reputation as a country that values human rights and peacekeeping.

To sign the petition, please visit here.

Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

ActionAid Ireland is member of a People’s Vaccine Ireland and Access to Medicines Ireland.

The fairest and most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments. However, large pharmaceutical companies could leave countries in the Global South waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination. This leaves us in danger of variants, as well as being grossly unethical.

ActionAid, as part of the People’s Vaccine Ireland, is calling for Ireland to:

  • Use its voice with the EU to support the TRIPS waiver. This would temporarily suspend intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organisation. This would help break big pharmaceutical monopolies and increase supply to ensure there are enough doses for everyone, everywhere.
  • Endorse the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) COVID Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) to facilitate the sharing of know-how by pharmaceutical companies to increase vaccine production.

Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can cause severe bleeding, infection, infertility and even death. FGM can have devastating physical, psychological and social consequences.

FGM became illegal in Ireland in 2012 when the Criminal Justice Act (Female Genital Mutilation) was passed.However, the law alone is not enough to stop this practice. In fact, there is a danger that the law will drive it further underground – meaning survivors fail to receive urgent medical or psycho-social care.

ActionAid lobbies for a preventative approach with interventions aimed at challenging social norms. To do this, we are calling for a National Action Plan on FGM which supports the training of all professionals and service providers working with FGM-affected communities, including, for example, midwives and social workers.

ActionAid is a member of the National Steering Committee on FGM – a coalition of NGOs and partners committed to ending the practice in Ireland.

Fair taxation

We all pay tax. It pays for our public services – from healthcare to education. However, corporate tax avoidance and evasion means that not everyone pays their fair share. This effectively shifts tax contributions from the wealthiest groups in society to the poorest – meaning women and girls in developing countries miss out the most.

ActionAid began campaigning on tax in 2011 – having identified tax avoidance and harmful tax practices as a structural cause for poverty and a key inhibitor to the realisation of human rights.

We work with other civil society groups to advocate the Irish government for essential reform towards a fairer and more progressive international tax system – one that would allow developing countries to properly tax the companies that operate and generate profits in their countries. We believe in genuinely progressive taxation: that is, tax systems that generate sufficient public revenue, while ensuring that this revenue is fairly redistributed and focused on rebalancing economic and gender inequalities.

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