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In communities around the world plagued by extreme poverty, it is often women and children who suffer the most when emergencies strike.

Women are not only more likely to die as a result of early-onset disasters such as floods and earthquakes, but the risk of sexual violence against women increases during all emergencies; especially in times of conflict.

In places like Bangladesh where thousands of Rohingyan refugees have fled to escape the violence in their home country, women are still living with the trauma of what they have been forced to see and bear witness to. Hasina is one of those women.

When her house was set on fire in the violent uprising in Myanmar, she fled with her husband and 5 children.  As they crossed a canal to escape the gunfire, Hasina’s husband was shot and killed. Hasina says: “He was dead but we couldn’t look back –  I had to save my children”.

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For women still living in places like Myanmar and Gaza where conflict continues to rage, the everyday trauma of what they have seen and experienced, continues to affect their lives long after the initial crisis is over.

That’s why ActionAid is on the ground right now in these communities around the word, working to support those most severely affected by the horrors of conflict, emergencies, and all forms of violence against women and children. Our local staff have set up Safe Spaces for women and their families, providing them with a place to come together and share their collective experiences, as well as offering specialist counselling services to families traumatised by conflict and disasters.

For Hasina, this has meant regular support from ActionAid’s local counsellors in Bangladesh who speak her dialect and can listen and support with the help she needs to rebuild her life.

But for many women who have survived conflicts and emergencies, this vital form of support is not available in the areas where they now live.

By making a regular donation to ActionAid, you could help us support women like Hasina, with the counselling and local services they desperately need to rebuild their lives.

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Emergency Response

€5 a month

€5 a month could help provide a child suffering the effects of conflict with regular ongoing psycho-social support

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€10 a month

€10 a month could provide two children with the supplies they need to return to school after an emergency hits

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€15 a month

€15 a month could provide urgent psycho-social support and medical supplies to refugee women in Bangladesh

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Why a monthly donation?

Every donation counts, and we’re grateful for whatever you can afford. A one-off donation is a fantastic start, but it’s crucial we can be there for women in the long term — whatever it takes.

From creating safe spaces for women and children in conflicts to making sure women are part of essential crisis-response decision-making, your support could transform entire communities and save lives.

*Your donation will fund ActionAid’s work with women and girls wherever the need is greatest.

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Photo Credits:
First Photo (Amnah, 12, Gaza) by Paul Evans/ActionAid Palestine
Second Photo (Sally mother of two in Gaza) ActionAid Palestine 
Third Photo (Hasina) by Noor Alam/ActionAid Bangladesh

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