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ACT members respond to Cyclone Idai

20 Mar 2019

ACT Alliance members are responding to the severe destruction wrought by Cyclone Idai which made landfall in the low-lying coastal city of Beira, Mozambique on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The cyclone moved inland on the weekend, destroying much that was in its path as it barrelled through the province of Manicaland, Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi. […]

Social protection for women and girls

14 Mar 2019

Representatives of member states are gathered this week and next at the UN in New York City for the 63rdCommission on the Status of Women.  ACT Alliance members from around the world are among the thousands of representatives from civil society who are also at CSW advocating, sharing, learning, and discussing issues of gender justice. […]

ACT celebrates accreditation to United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

UNEA social media card
12 Mar 2019

In line with ACT’s commitment to Putting People First, ACT celebrates its accreditation as an observer organisation to the Governing Body of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). ACT Alliance joins world leaders, policy experts, environmental justice allies, and other stakeholders at its fourth meeting (UNEA-4). The conference, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March […]

The Created Equal campaign on the move

Women dance during the gathering of an emotional support group in Makaising, a village in the Gorkha District of Nepal where Dan Church Aid, a member of the ACT Alliance, has provided a variety of support to local villagers in the wake of a devastating 2015 earthquake. ACT Alliance psycho-social workers have helped villagers recover from the quake both physically and emotionally. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT
11 Mar 2019

The ACT gender campaign “Created Equal” had a soft launch during the ACT Assembly in Uppsala in October, 2018. The Assembly was a crucial starting point for the gender campaign, also as central documents were approved and affirmed, including the ACT Global strategy, as well as two public statements on gender. Since then, more work […]

Celebrating gender justice on the International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2019

by Ingrid Næss-Holm, ACT Alliance gender campaign manager As a child, I had a book called “The Girl No One Wanted” and it told of the disappointment of a girl’s parents when they got a daughter – and not a son. Luckily, the parents ended up loving her as much as her brothers. But she […]

ACT issues statement to Brussels III conference

06 Mar 2019

As the Syrian conflict enters its ninth year, and the humanitarian situation remains dire for millions of affected people, the EU and the UN will co-chair the third conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region’, which will take place in Brussels on 12-14 March 2019. Its aim will be to mobilise humanitarian […]

The value of disaster preparedness

Photo of Melbina Mangasing, Barangay captain of Centro 1,
05 Mar 2019

Super Typhoon Mangkhut known locally as ‘Ompong’ made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan in the Philippines on September 15, 2018, at 1:40 AM, carrying winds of up to 200 km per hour and heavy rainfall. “It was the longest and strongest typhoon that we have ever experienced in our area,” said Gil Oamil, a rescue responder […]

Debt relief support for farmers after Typhoon Mangkhut

Photo of 81 year old Juan Bainan
28 Feb 2019

Super Typhoon Mangkhut locally named Ompong battered the province of Cagayan in the Philippines on September 14th 2018, destroying homes, severely affecting agricultural lands and livelihoods and damaging evacuation centres where residents fled for safety. Residents of the Sitio Laoc, Barangay Pateng, are still recovering from the effects of the typhoon. “Every time it rains […]

Free to dream again

27 Feb 2019

On September 28, 2018, ten year-old Kirana (name changed) and her friends were at the mosque, preparing for evening worship when everything began to shake.  The walls began to collapse all around them, and they ran as fast as they could.  Kirana wanted nothing more than to get home where her family was.  She was […]

Rebuilding trust through women’s economic empowerment

19 Feb 2019

After 60 years of isolation and armed conflict, Myanmar has embarked in a historic process of democratic and economic reform. However, according to UN women, one half of women are still out of the workforce.  The Rakhine state in the west part of Myanmar has a long history of settlements and migration. It is one […]

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