This International Day of Families, the spotlight is on player-supported charity ActionAid's Not This Girl appeal.

When ActionAid travelled to Kenya to find stories for its appeal, the charity met many women and men whose daughters had faced sexual violence. Far from shying away, these parents were doing incredible things to stand up for their children – and their communities.

One of them was Patience from Nairobi, who has six children. When she found out her 13 year-old daughter Mary had been raped, she confronted the attacker, who was arrested.

She was supported every step of the way by ActionAid's partner, the Wangu Kanja Foundation, to ensure the case went through the courts. Today, Patience is a 'gender defender' and community volunteer, supporting other women and children who have been through what her family has.

A third of girls in Kenya experience sexual violence during childhood but just 10% of them receive any professional help. In the communities where ActionAid works, local women's groups are stopping girls from being abused and making sure survivors are heard, treated, and have the backing of the law.

Together with these women, the charity is raising awareness about preventing violence through Girls' Clubs and setting up an innovative text messaging service to enable survivors to report violence, get immediate support, and increase their chances of accessing justice.

ActionAid and our players are standing with these courageous women. Find out more about the appeal on ActionAid's website. Between 7th March and 7th June 2018, donations are being doubled by the UK government.

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "ActionAid is able to defend many vulnerable women and girls with new innovative approaches thanks to players who've raised more than £4.6 Million for the charity. We are pleased that ActionAid's Not This Girl appeal is getting extra support from the UK government."

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Patience, whose daughter was a victim of sexual violence, now volunteers and supports others (photo credit: Sheldon Moultrie)