Latest News from Equality Now - July 2012

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Equality Now welcomes

  • Lauren Hersh as the Director of our New York office. Lauren comes to us from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY) where she was the Chief of the Sex Trafficking Unit. She has a wealth of experience in combating sex trafficking and domestic violence and was the 2012 recipient of National Organization for Women’s Susan B. Anthony Award for improving the lives of woman and girls and advancing equality. To learn more about Lauren, click here.
  • Andrea Matolcsi as Programme Officer for Sexual Violence and Trafficking in our London office (maternity cover). Andrea has a background in policy, research and advocacy work on trafficking, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and other violence against women issues.

Our London office is currently recruiting a Media Officer. If you know someone who is qualified for the position, encourage them to apply online as soon as possible:
http://www.equalitynow.org/job/media_officer_london_office

The Women’s Action Network is becoming the Equality Action Network
As our supporters know, women’s issues are everyone’s issues. To more fully reflect the diversity of our members, Equality Now’s Women’s Action Network (WAN) is becoming the Equality Action Network (EAN)! Over the upcoming months, we will be making the transition to EAN on our website and in our communications.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take action on our recent petitions, please do so here and help us spread the word by encouraging your friends to sign on as well!

Tackling FGM in the UK
In the effort to compile comprehensive and up to date statistics on the prevalence of FGM in the UK and encourage multi-agency collaboration, Equality Now and our associates recently released a report from a March 2012 research methodological workshop which will be used as a tool to build the evidence base to aid in the prevention and elimination of FGM. The workshop was convened to thoroughly investigate the best way to collect accurate data on FGM in a non-traditional setting in order to allow for a targeted, systematic approach to end the practice of FGM in the diaspora. The report has garnered a positive response from local authorities and the government and Equality Now was thanked at the Adjournment debate on FGM in the House of Commons on 5 July. Findings and recommendations from the workshop will be discussed in August at a governmental meeting with Equality Now. To view the report, click here.