<p><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Efua Dorkenoo named one of BBC&rsquo;s 100 Women</strong></span><br /> <img width="200" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="169" align="left" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/efua_250.jpg" />Efua Dorkenoo, Equality Now's Advocacy Director &ndash; FGM Programme, is among <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24579511" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">100 notable women</span></a> selected to participate at the 25 October <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24371433" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">BBC 100 Women</span></a> conference in London. It will be a special day of debate and discussion, which will be streamed online and broadcast live in English on BBC World News TV and World Service radio. Throughout October, BBC News has been reporting on the lives of 21st century women and &quot;the risks, challenges and opportunities they face every day, in every country.&quot;<br /> <br />'<a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-cruel-cut" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">The Cruel Cut</span></a>', a one hour documentary on female genital mutilation featuring Efua Dorkenoo and presented by Leyla Hussein, founder of Equality Now partner Daughters of Eve, will be screened on Channel 4 (UK) on Wednesday 6 November at 22:45. If you are in the UK, please sign Equality Now and Daughters of Eves&rsquo; joint petition to the Home Office to &quot;Stop FGM in the UK Now:&quot;<br /><a href="http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740</span></a>. <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Tasaru Rescue Centre holds Reconciliation Ceremony</span></strong><br /> <i>From the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EndFgmCampaign?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">End FGM campaign</span></a> &ndash; an initiative of Equality Now </i> <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="550" height="226" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/TNI_Reconciliation_600.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: smaller;"><i>Photo: Paul Munene</i></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &quot;<i>POWERFUL, the pictures tell the story so well. Is that the father I see, now an agent of change? One story like this makes all the effort worth it. Just one story.</i>&quot; - JS<br /> <br /> Equality Now's partner in Narok, Kenya, the Tasaru Ntomonok Girls Rescue Centre, was recently the site of an emotional reunion between a <a href="http://www.citizennews.co.ke/news/2012/local/item/13243-girl-goes-back-h... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">12-year-old girl</span></a> and her family. She had run away four years ago after learning that her parents had planned to make her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in a lead up to early marriage &ndash; despite laws against both. Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514122788672969.1073741827.356... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">here</span></a> to learn more and view pictures from the joyous occasion.<br /> <br /> Tasaru works hard to educate communities and reconcile girls with their families at ceremonies that are facilitated through local churches and village elders who are opposed to FGM. The entire village is invited and signed agreements, stating that parents or guardians will not subject the girls to FGM and child marriage, are required and shared with local authorities and children's officers. The girls can return to the centre if they ever feel at risk. Tasaru has launched a commission comprised of teachers, religious leaders, children officers, judiciary officials and other key stake holders within the Narok community, which will be instrumental in working against rampant FGM among Narok's Maasai community.<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Equality Now to honor Joss Whedon at 'Make Equality Reality' Event </span></strong><table width="150" cellspacing="2" border="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="150" height="188" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/Joss_Getty_200.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller;"><i>Photo: Getty Images<br /> </i></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> On 4 November, Equality Now will honor award-winning writer, director, producer and Advisory Board member, Joss Whedon, for his work on gender equality at an event in Beverly Hills, California. Chaired by Board member Gloria Steinem and hosted by Paul Reiser, <a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/event/make_equality_reality" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Make Equality Reality</i></span></a> will be an intimate evening of music, film and theater with special guests, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Alyson Hannigan, and featuring a live performance by two-time Grammy winning singer songwriter Colbie Caillat. <br /> <br /> The evening is made possible through the generous support of <a href="http://www.gucci.com" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">GUCCI</span></a> and <a href="http://www.skype.com" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Skype</span></a>. The event is being produced by <a href="http://controlroom.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Control Room</span></a> and images are provided courtesy of <a href="http://www.viiphoto.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">VII</span></a>.<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Equality Now films screen in Spain and Kenya</span></strong><br /> <img width="170" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="113" align="left" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/africarising170x113.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/africarising" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Africa Rising</span></a>, our 2009 film on the grassroots movement to end FGM across Africa, was screened at the <a href="http://www.kcd-ongd.org/2012/10/31/convocatoria-para-el-5%C2%BA-festival... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">5th International Unseen Film Festival</span></a> (26 Sep to 3 Oct) in Bilbao, Spain in the categories of &quot;Gender Equity&quot; and &quot;Best Work by Women.&quot; Director Paula Heredia was invited to participate and spoke on the work of Equality Now during panel discussions and interviews. The Jurors awarded her an Honorable Mention as &quot;Best Women Director.&quot;&nbsp; Congratulations, Paula!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://youtu.be/JsieC-8Ji1M" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Our Girls, Our Future</span></a>, our documentary addressing sexual violence against schoolgirls in Zambia, screened at the Slum Film Festival in Kenya in September. Following the screening, the festival's organizers requested usage of the film for internal workshops and screenings, which will educate the public and raise awareness on the widespread nature of this issue.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/people/amanda_sullivan" target="_blank"><img width="75" vspace="0" hspace="10" height="75" border="0" align="right" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/Amanda_Sullivan_web.jpg" alt="" /></a>Mandy's Corner: Women's Rights in the News</strong></span></p><ul> <li>21 Oct - <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20131021101303-yzvel/?source=hptop" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Saudi Arabia under fire at U.N. over women's, migrant workers&rsquo; rights</i></span></a></li> <li>19 Oct - Faiza Jama Mohamed article: <a href="http://womennewsnetwork.net/2013/10/19/kenyas-girls-fight-back/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Kenya&rsquo;s girls fight back against FGM practices</i></span></a></li> <li>13 Oct - <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/kristof-from-the-street... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>From the Streets to the 'World&rsquo;s Best Mom'</i></span></a></li> </ul><p>To hear news as soon as it happens, make sure to follow Equality Now on our social media networks: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/equalitynoworg" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Facebook</span></a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/equalitynow" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Twitter</span></a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/equalitynowyt" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">YouTube</span></a>.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Haven&rsquo;t signed on to our current campaigns yet? Take Action today!<br /> </strong></span><b>Oct 2013<br /></b><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/fgm_action521"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Kenya</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Protect girls by enforcing FGM and child marriage laws</span></a></p><p><b>Sep 2013</b><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/sex_trafficking_action511" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">United Nations</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Listen to survivors &ndash; don&rsquo;t jeopardize efforts to prevent sex trafficking</span></a><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/adolescent_girls_action344" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Yemen</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: End child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law</span></a><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/discrimination_in_law_action384" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Egypt</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Ensure Women&rsquo;s Full Participation in the Constitutional Process and Promote their Rights</span></a></p><p><br /> <a href="https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate... width="550" height="76" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/supportbar20yrs_500.png" /></a></p>

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<p><span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Efua Dorkenoo named one of BBC&rsquo;s 100 Women</strong></span><br /> <img width="200" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="169" align="left" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/efua_250.jpg" />Efua Dorkenoo, Equality Now's Advocacy Director &ndash; FGM Programme, is among <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24579511" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">100 notable women</span></a> selected to participate at the 25 October <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-24371433" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">BBC 100 Women</span></a> conference in London. It will be a special day of debate and discussion, which will be streamed online and broadcast live in English on BBC World News TV and World Service radio. Throughout October, BBC News has been reporting on the lives of 21st century women and &quot;the risks, challenges and opportunities they face every day, in every country.&quot;<br /> <br />'<a href="http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-cruel-cut" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">The Cruel Cut</span></a>', a one hour documentary on female genital mutilation featuring Efua Dorkenoo and presented by Leyla Hussein, founder of Equality Now partner Daughters of Eve, will be screened on Channel 4 (UK) on Wednesday 6 November at 22:45. If you are in the UK, please sign Equality Now and Daughters of Eves&rsquo; joint petition to the Home Office to &quot;Stop FGM in the UK Now:&quot;<br /><a href="http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52740</span></a>. <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Tasaru Rescue Centre holds Reconciliation Ceremony</span></strong><br /> <i>From the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EndFgmCampaign?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">End FGM campaign</span></a> &ndash; an initiative of Equality Now </i> <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="550" height="226" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/TNI_Reconciliation_600.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: smaller;"><i>Photo: Paul Munene</i></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &quot;<i>POWERFUL, the pictures tell the story so well. Is that the father I see, now an agent of change? One story like this makes all the effort worth it. Just one story.</i>&quot; - JS<br /> <br /> Equality Now's partner in Narok, Kenya, the Tasaru Ntomonok Girls Rescue Centre, was recently the site of an emotional reunion between a <a href="http://www.citizennews.co.ke/news/2012/local/item/13243-girl-goes-back-h... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">12-year-old girl</span></a> and her family. She had run away four years ago after learning that her parents had planned to make her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in a lead up to early marriage &ndash; despite laws against both. Click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514122788672969.1073741827.356... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">here</span></a> to learn more and view pictures from the joyous occasion.<br /> <br /> Tasaru works hard to educate communities and reconcile girls with their families at ceremonies that are facilitated through local churches and village elders who are opposed to FGM. The entire village is invited and signed agreements, stating that parents or guardians will not subject the girls to FGM and child marriage, are required and shared with local authorities and children's officers. The girls can return to the centre if they ever feel at risk. Tasaru has launched a commission comprised of teachers, religious leaders, children officers, judiciary officials and other key stake holders within the Narok community, which will be instrumental in working against rampant FGM among Narok's Maasai community.<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Equality Now to honor Joss Whedon at 'Make Equality Reality' Event </span></strong><table width="150" cellspacing="2" border="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="150" height="188" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/Joss_Getty_200.jpg" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller;"><i>Photo: Getty Images<br /> </i></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> On 4 November, Equality Now will honor award-winning writer, director, producer and Advisory Board member, Joss Whedon, for his work on gender equality at an event in Beverly Hills, California. Chaired by Board member Gloria Steinem and hosted by Paul Reiser, <a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/event/make_equality_reality" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Make Equality Reality</i></span></a> will be an intimate evening of music, film and theater with special guests, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Alyson Hannigan, and featuring a live performance by two-time Grammy winning singer songwriter Colbie Caillat. <br /> <br /> The evening is made possible through the generous support of <a href="http://www.gucci.com" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">GUCCI</span></a> and <a href="http://www.skype.com" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Skype</span></a>. The event is being produced by <a href="http://controlroom.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Control Room</span></a> and images are provided courtesy of <a href="http://www.viiphoto.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">VII</span></a>.<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size: larger;">Equality Now films screen in Spain and Kenya</span></strong><br /> <img width="170" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="113" align="left" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/africarising170x113.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/africarising" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Africa Rising</span></a>, our 2009 film on the grassroots movement to end FGM across Africa, was screened at the <a href="http://www.kcd-ongd.org/2012/10/31/convocatoria-para-el-5%C2%BA-festival... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">5th International Unseen Film Festival</span></a> (26 Sep to 3 Oct) in Bilbao, Spain in the categories of &quot;Gender Equity&quot; and &quot;Best Work by Women.&quot; Director Paula Heredia was invited to participate and spoke on the work of Equality Now during panel discussions and interviews. The Jurors awarded her an Honorable Mention as &quot;Best Women Director.&quot;&nbsp; Congratulations, Paula!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://youtu.be/JsieC-8Ji1M" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Our Girls, Our Future</span></a>, our documentary addressing sexual violence against schoolgirls in Zambia, screened at the Slum Film Festival in Kenya in September. Following the screening, the festival's organizers requested usage of the film for internal workshops and screenings, which will educate the public and raise awareness on the widespread nature of this issue.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/people/amanda_sullivan" target="_blank"><img width="75" vspace="0" hspace="10" height="75" border="0" align="right" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/Amanda_Sullivan_web.jpg" alt="" /></a>Mandy's Corner: Women's Rights in the News</strong></span></p><ul> <li>21 Oct - <a href="http://www.trust.org/item/20131021101303-yzvel/?source=hptop" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Saudi Arabia under fire at U.N. over women's, migrant workers&rsquo; rights</i></span></a></li> <li>19 Oct - Faiza Jama Mohamed article: <a href="http://womennewsnetwork.net/2013/10/19/kenyas-girls-fight-back/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>Kenya&rsquo;s girls fight back against FGM practices</i></span></a></li> <li>13 Oct - <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/kristof-from-the-street... target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><i>From the Streets to the 'World&rsquo;s Best Mom'</i></span></a></li> </ul><p>To hear news as soon as it happens, make sure to follow Equality Now on our social media networks: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/equalitynoworg" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Facebook</span></a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/equalitynow" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Twitter</span></a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/equalitynowyt" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">YouTube</span></a>.<br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: larger;"><strong>Haven&rsquo;t signed on to our current campaigns yet? Take Action today!<br /> </strong></span><b>Oct 2013<br /></b><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a target="_blank" href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/fgm_action521"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Kenya</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Protect girls by enforcing FGM and child marriage laws</span></a></p><p><b>Sep 2013</b><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/sex_trafficking_action511" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">United Nations</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Listen to survivors &ndash; don&rsquo;t jeopardize efforts to prevent sex trafficking</span></a><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/adolescent_girls_action344" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Yemen</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: End child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law</span></a><br /><strong>&gt;&gt; </strong><a href="http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/discrimination_in_law_action384" target="_blank"><strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Egypt</span></strong><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">: Ensure Women&rsquo;s Full Participation in the Constitutional Process and Promote their Rights</span></a></p><p><br /> <a href="https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate... width="550" height="76" alt="" src="http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6208/images/supportbar20yrs_500.png" /></a></p>