Charity of the month – ActionAid UK

The charity I am supporting this month is ActionAid UK. This charity is focused on the rights of women and girls. ActionAid’s vision is a world without poverty and injustice, in which every person enjoys their right to a life of dignity. One of the biggest causes of poverty in the world is the denial of women’s and girls’ rights, so it is refreshing to find a charity focusing on these issues to help elevate poverty.

ActionAid UK deals with violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s and girls’ rights in humanitarian crises. Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a fundamental human rights violation. It affects around one in three women and girls around the world and is a major cause of concern. One of the ways of reducing this trend of violence is by helping women earn a sustainable living. An empowered woman is a strong woman, which is why I am happy to see women’s economic empowerment at the top of the list of what ActionAid UK is all about.

Charity of the month – ActionAid UK

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ActionAid UK works in rural and urban communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, every day, all year round. The charity also responds to emergency situations arising from disasters or conflict. You can make a donation to help support the work the charity is doing here. If you want to sponsor a child, you can do so here.

There are also others of getting involved with ActionAid UK. You could organise a fundraising event, shop their Christmas card collections and other gifts, or become a campaigner. Have a look at their get involved page to find out how you could work closely with the charity. You can also watch ActionAid UK’s YouTube Video on violence against women and children.

Click here to check out some other charities. I am supporting. Have a lovely day.

Charity of the Month – Olive Pathway

Gender-based violence (GBV) is an issue very close to my heart. I have witnessed the damaging effects of GBV. It is one of those things you have to experience to really understand how damaging it is. Many women suffer in silence and endure years upon years of abuse. These women suffer mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially. Many of the women experiencing GBV see no way out which is really disturbing.

This is why I am so passionate about GBV and why I support amazing charities tackling domestic violence. The charity of the month is Olive Pathway. If you follow my Facebook page and Twitter, you should know about this great charity already, since I am forever sharing their posts on my social media pages.

Olive Pathway is a charity tackling domestic abuse and gender-based violence within black and minority ethnic groups in Greater Manchester and beyond. The charity’s mission is to eradicate domestic violence and eliminate inequality.

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What is GBV?

Gender-based violence (GBV) also known as violence against women is a spectrum of violence and abuse, committed primarily but not exclusively against women by men. This includes –

  • Domestic violence
  • Forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Stalking and harassment
  • ‘Honour’ based violence
Olive Pathway Objectives

Olive Pathway’s main objectives are to educate, equip, empower women to become independent and self-reliant. To effectively support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) women and families, and to prevent and reduce domestic abuse within BME communities.

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Speak out

If you are experiencing any form of abuse, you should speak out and get help immediately. Please do not suffer in silence. There is support available to help you overcome whatever it is you might be experiencing behind closed doors. Charities like Olive Pathway are doing an amazing job helping women experiencing GBV.

You can read more about Olive Pathway and the services they offer here. This charity is also on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Give to those who have nothing this Christmas with Solace Women’s Aid

This year has been an odd year for me. There has been a lot of ups and downs, but the downs have been a bit more than normal for some weird reason. I am glad the year is almost over. I am looking forward to the Christmas break and starting 2020 from a clean slate. It is so easy to get carried away this season with feeling Christmassy. There are presents to buy and wrap, decorations to put up and shopping to do, it can be too easy to stay focused on ourselves and what we need.

 

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Give to those who have nothing this Christmas

This year and going forward, I am doing it differently. I am giving the little I have to those who have nothing this Christmas. It is surprising to know how many people go without day after day in one of the richest countries in the world. Homelessness is rising day after day, women and children are fleeing their homes due to domestic violence. These people have nothing this Christmas. Imagine if we all gave the little we had to a charity of our choice. That would put smiles on so many faces.

Solace Womens Aid

The charity of my choice this Christmas is Solace Womens Aid (and this is not an ad). The charity focuses on supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse in London. I have no ties with this charity. I just think they are doing a great job and I felt like supporting the team through a donation and a blog post. Domestic violence is a major issue for the most vulnerable in the society and it breaks my heart to hear about women and children being forced to leave their home and belongings to be away from male abuse. These women and children usually leave with little or nothing, to start all over again. The fear of the unknown means many women would rather stay in abusive environments than seek refuge elsewhere. Which is why charities like Solace Womens Aid is amazing and your donations can help them do more.

 

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Every month, I plan to donate to a new charity and share a blog post about the charity as well. I hope we all have an amazing time getting ready for the big day this month, and remember those who have nothing this season.

Thanks for reading and donating. Have a great week.

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