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Altamiran speaking outside the World Bank
Altamiran speaking outside the World Bank

I want to share with you the words of Altamiran Ribeiro, an Afro-Brazilian activist with the Land Pastoral Commission, who has been fighting for the rights of rural communities and indigenous peoples in Brazil for 20 years:
"Our people are being forced out of our lands due to the investment in so-called ‘development,’ losing our rivers, and losing our culture.
"We should be shouting to the whole world that this land is ours, the nature is ours, and we are the true guardians of this nature. Our communities and our people simply want the right to exist, the right to live our own traditions and culture, and to stay on our own land."

Altamiran is supporting communities under attack by local land grabbers and foreign investors. Through your support, they're fighting back.

With your support, we welcomed Altamiran to the United States this month to raise his voice in the halls of power and build global solidarity. Together, we lifted up his communities’ demands for justice to Congress and the World Bank. We connected Altamiran with students, academics, and community organizers at college campuses including Howard University and Harvard University. We met with farmers in Mississippi around their communities’ common struggles with big agribusiness corporations who want to push them out. And he delivered his message to the pension fund TIAA, along with our petition of more than 38,000 signatures from supporters like you, calling on TIAA to stop land grabs in his community.

It’s moments like this – a grassroots activist from Brazil speaking truth to power and connecting with organizers in the U.S. – that ground me in what we fight for. This is how we create a more just world and become more united in our struggles.
Your support has been critical, and I know we can do even more, together.
In gratitude,

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Did you know that through ActionAid, you amplify the voices of millions of women around the world as they stand up for human rights?

You are helping make sure that powerful women around the world are heard. Women like:

These women have a voice. They have the passion, knowledge, and network to make real change happen – but because of unjust systems and gender inequality, it’s hard to be heard. 

Through your support, they have the resources they need to mobilize their whole community. 

Click the links above and share their stories to amplify their voices! Thank you for being a megaphone for justice, today and everyday.

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Rajalakshmi knew the challenges facing her community in Chennai, India. She lived them. About eight years ago, she and her family were kicked out of their homes to make way for a road construction project. Pushed to the outskirts of the city, they were cut off from public services. When she hurt her leg, she wasn’t able to get the care she needed because there were no nearby hospitals. She had to walk more than half a mile just to get to the nearest water tank and carry water back to her house. And she didn’t always feel safe walking at night, with few street lights and dangerous drivers.

She connected with a group of young women supported by ActionAid, and together they took action. They brought their demands to a local official but when they arrived, Rajalakshmi said, “He just invited us to sit down,” a dismissal of their concerns. “We said we had not come to sit down. We want our problem solved.”

The young activists kept pushing, following up again and again.

Because of their advocacy, their community is stronger today. There’s a new hospital in their area, along with water systems, street lights, traffic lights, and speed bumps – public services that make the city safer and more accessible for young women like Rajalakshmi.

Thank you for supporting local change-makers like Rajalakshmi.

“If one person claps with one hand, do you hear a sound? In the same way, if I go alone, no one will hear me, but if we all go, we are heard,” Rajalakshmi explained.

Together, we're making a real difference. Thank you for coming together this holiday season to ensure that young women leaders around the world are heard.

P.S. Check out this video to hear Rajalakshmi tell her story in her own words, and to learn about the young women leaders across India who are rising up with your support!

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Joyce - Photo Credit: Solaye Snider
Joyce - Photo Credit: Solaye Snider

This ongoing fight for justice and human rights is powered by people –extraordinary leaders who envision positive change in their own communities and are brave enough to blaze the path ahead. That’s why we partner with powerful people living in poverty and exclusion – problem solvers who know what’s needed to change lives within their own communities, and have the power to mobilize and inspire others.

Joyce Daniel, a local community member and mother, became a climate change resilience and women’s inclusion leader. After Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, she became a member of Women I Tok Tok Tugeta, a forum for women-led climate change action. Then, she was elected its President. The forum, supported by ActionAid, enables women to identify their own protection needs in the aftermath of a disaster, and lead action plans to address the issues they face.

The Island Nation is recognized as being the most disaster-prone in the world, and it’s women who are the worst affected – and often excluded from emergency response and solution roles. Local leaders like Joyce know what women in their communities need better than anyone, as Joyce mentioned, “women know the needs for all the ladies.”

Joyce, and other local leaders across the globe, are powerful change-creators in their communities. Joyce sees women’s leadership as a way to challenge patriarchal attitudes towards women’s roles in emergency response, and beyond. She hopes “to see the movement grow stronger and members have confidence in themselves.”

At ActionAid, we believe in the power of local leaders like Joyce. With your support, we can ensure that the women of Tanna, Vanuatu are supported to lead the implementation of disaster preparedness plans they have developed, and that women’s leadership is supported globally.

If you haven't already, please share this project with your friends and family. Your support enables local activists and empowerment leaders, like Joyce, to continue and expand their work.

Thank you.

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