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Wangu Kanja of the Wangu Kanja Foundation, an ActionAid partner organisation in Kenya supporting women who have experienced gender-based violence.

Women's rights

Undervalued, underpaid and at risk

Women, who pay the highest price of unjust policies and patriarchal societies, must play a key role in order to bring about social change.

Women’s work is often overlooked, unpaid and undervalued. They work in unsafe conditions and have precarious jobs. Greater corporate accountability for upholding human rights is needed.

Across the world, women and girls are at risk of violence. We must challenge the social and cultural norms that lead to women’s vulnerability.

There are structural causes of violence against women: beliefs, access to resources, and economics. Governments must do more to serve the needs of poor and excluded women, and to protect and advance their rights.

The inspiring story of how rape survivor, Wangu Kanja, used her experience to set up a helpline to support other survivors of sexual violence in Kenya get access to justice.

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Women's rights in depth

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