Societies that treat women as equals are more peaceful and prosperous. However, though 192 countries assert equality and non-discrimination in their constitutions, every country in the world has laws that treat women and girls as second-class citizens. Legal inequality can prevent girls from going to school, or women from owning property, for example —and can even promote violence against them.
How To Achieve Legal Equality
International human rights law guarantees equal rights and protections under the law for women and girls. Equality Now uses it to:
- Advocate for governments and policymakers to enact and enforce laws that promote women's and girls' rights
- Hold States accountable to international human rights standards
- Make the justice system works for women and girls
- Elevate cases to national, regional and international courts and bodies
- Inspire people around the world to fight for equality
Fight for equality: With your help, we can Make Equality Reality!
Legal Equality is the first step to gender equality. Equal treatment under the law is at the core of our mission because the law impacts every part of a woman or girl’s life. When women and girls can live free from violence and discrimination—when laws protect and uphold their human rights—everyone benefits.