FREEDOM FROM FEAR, VIOLENCE & DISCRIMINATION

Throughout the world, all women and girls face discrimination purely because of their gender. This takes the form of inequality, violence and exploitation.

With your donation, Comic Relief has been funding gender justice programmes since we began over 30 years ago and we are continuing to support women and girls' fight for justice and equality today.

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Gender-based violence is a global epidemic, with 1 in 3 women affected worldwide.

In England and Wales an average of two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week.

Women are hugely under-represented at policy-making levels throughout the world.

Since last Red Nose Day in 2019, our funding has helped to support 3.5m women and girls globally.

This includes more than 53,000 people in the UK who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse to access safe accommodation and specialist services.

Meet Miriam

“Saheliya is vital for these women.”

Miriam smiling at the camera.

Miriam works for Saheliya Play and Learn Centre in Glasgow, a project funded by Comic Relief. It’s not your average crèche. The childcare is free and enables black and minority ethnic women refugees and asylum seekers, who may be isolated of have little support, access Saheliya’s advocacy, education and training programmes.

‘’I love my job, it’s so fulfilling. I get to see the children grow from babies to five years old. It’s a very unique setting because we tend to deal with children who are coming from a trauma background, some are coming from war zones."

Miriam reading a picture book to children.

"Having the childcare service is the backbone of this organisation because if we weren’t here none of the women could come and attend the classes or take part in anything. It opens up opportunities for them.

Once they’ve picked up some language skills they are able to go to college - for many women this would seem impossible. If you need help with your rights, the law they will assign you a case worker and support you in your journey.

Some women, they might be experiencing domestic violence, the husband might be trying to take the children. People need help to understand the rules and rights.

I came by myself to the UK in 2001. Until I heard of Saheliya I didn’t know where to go. I started off taking part in some of their programmes - I started achieving. It all added up. Then because I had a childcare qualification I volunteered here and did that until I was employed. This is my second year."

Photography by Jo Hanley / Comic Relief

We believe that women and girls should have equal power and opportunity to make decisions at all levels. The idea that some of us are worth less because of our gender leads to real violence, abuse and discrimination.

Every day, structural inequalities affect women and girls’ lives all over the world. Millions experience discrimination, are unable to access the same level of education as their male peers, and face violence based on their gender. Harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) persist across the world, including the UK. Women are also far more likely to be in unpaid domestic work or jobs that have very low wages and no path for career progression.

Working with our partners, we can and will reduce violence and intimidation against people in their own homes, and support women and girls who face injustice based on their gender.

Your donations mean more women and girls can access the right support.