The 137 Challenge

Put your fitness to the test and take part in The 137 Challenge with ActionAid. Whether you take on squats, step-ups or sit-ups, your support will help to end violence against women and girls living in poverty.
raised of £30,000 target
by 2026 supporters
Event: The 137 Challenge, from 1 October 2023 to 31 October 2023
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Put your fitness to the test and take part in The 137 Challenge. Complete 137 sit-ups, squats, or step-ups per day for one month and fundraise to help end violence against women and girls.

Three simple steps to take part

1. If you've already registered on our website, set up your JustGiving page by clicking on the 'Start fundraising' button at the top of this page. Once set up, spread the word to friends and family by sharing your page on social media, WhatsApp, and via personalised emails.

2. Complete your daily repetitions throughout the month.

3. Raise £137 and to celebrate your achievement we will send you a free ActionAid t-shirt! And you'll receive a sustainable 137 Challenge medal in the post.

Not able to take part but want to support the team? Just click the 'Give now' button.

Why 137?

One in three women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime, and 137 women are killed per day by a partner or family member.

How your support can help

Across the world, women and girls are fighting to claim their rights and change the systems and beliefs that make violence acceptable. ActionAid is working with communities to prevent and respond to violence and create long-term change. Your support could help survivors seek justice and fund women's groups who train parents, teachers, local police and legal advisors to recognise the signs of violence and report it.

Trigger warning: We are about to share with you Wangu's story about her experience of sexual violence, which you may find upsetting.

Wangu (pictured above) is the founder of the Wangu Kanja Foundation, which supports survivors of sexual abuse and works to prevent gender-based violence in Kenya. In 2002, Wangu was car-jacked and sexually assaulted in Nairobi. Not only did she have to deal with the trauma of the assault, but the police didn’t take her seriously when she tried to report it and her attackers were not brought to justice.

Wangu decided to stand up and use her experience to help other women. So, in 2005 she founded The Wangu Kanja Foundation, a partner of ActionAid, which helps survivors of violence access proper medical support, counselling and legal advice. The Wangu Kanja Foundation works with a team of volunteers and runs a free SMS service in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, by which people in Mukuru, and across Kenya, can report cases of violence against them. Survivors are then helped to access essential services, such as fair treatment from the police, medical attention and legal assistance.

Thank you

Thank you for your support . Together we can help to end violence against women and girls living in poverty.

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ActionAid is an international humanitarian charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

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