Equality Now Event Calendar: What's Happening Now

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Women Can't Wait! Equality Now Film Screening & Discussion
8 May 2015, 6pm | NYC

The Bark Room (Orientation Room), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street, Room M101, New York, NY 10011

The New School's Global Studies Program and Equality Now will be calling for an end to discriminatory laws at the New School on May 8! Join us for a free screening of Women Can't Wait! Beijing+20 edition, first presented by Equality Now and UN Women during the 59th session of the Comission on the Status of Women. This film covers Equality Now's long running "Words & Deeds" campaign to end sex discrimination in the law. Tanya Sukhija, Program Officer with Equality Now, will lead discussion following the film screening. Introductory remarks will be provided by Sheila Dauer, lecturer in Global Studies at The New School.This event is sponsored by the Global Studies program at The New School and is organized by students of CRS: Skills for Global Change: Advocacy and Action. Check out #Unsexylaws and www.equalitynow.org/beijing20 for more on this topic.

See more details of the event at http://events.newschool.edu/event/women_cant_wait_equality_now_film_screening#.VUtzhPlVhHy.


Highlighting Role and Potential of Uganda's Equal Opportunities Commission
6-7 May 2015 | Kampala, Uganda

Uganda’s Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is collaborating with Equality Now together with the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition and Ugandan civil society partners on a two-day convening to highlight the EOC’s quasi-judicial complaint mechanisms and mandate. The meeting aims to highlight the role and unexploited potential of the EOC to resolve issues around sexual violence and disability rights for women and girls in Uganda.

According to Uganda’s Demographic and Health Survey (2006), almost one in four women of 15-49 experienced rape as their first sexual intercourse; 39% of women in the same age group have experienced sexual violence; 20% of Ugandans are living with disabilities. Studies show that persons with disabilities are victims of abuse on a far greater scale than persons without disabilities. The confluence of these two factors results in an extremely high risk of violence against women with disabilities. In 2011 Equality Now, in partnership with Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities (LAPD), took on the case of a severely disabled (deaf, mute, blind and lame) Ugandan girl named Sanyu who had a child as a result of possible incest. Sanyu is now living in a home for the disabled, but was denied access to justice since she could not identify her rapist due to her severe disabilities.

The two-day program will culminate with a networking reception at the EOC premises, including a guided tour of the EOC facilities so as to promote its accessibility for partners in the future.


Consultation on the Adoption of a Multi-Sectoral Framework by the Government of Kenya, on implementation of the Prohibition of FGM Act 2011
22-23 April 2015 | Fairview Hotel, Nairobi

Equality Now and the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) together with the Anti-FGM Board under Kenya's Ministry of Devolution and Planning and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, will hold a consultation on the Adoption of a Multi-Sectoral Framework by the Government of Kenya, on implementation of the Prohibition of FGM Act 2011. The aim is to identify a team that can support the government in developing national multi-sectoral strategies in a devolved government context, for the implementation of national and regional legislation against FGM. Key participants will be drawn from organizations and stakeholders working towards bringing FGM to an end.

The 2014 Demographic Health Survey in Kenya (KDHS) released on 8 April 2015 shows that Kenya’s current’s FGM prevalence rate stands at 21 per cent, down from 27 per cent over the past 5 years. The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) attributes the trend to “increased awareness on the harmful effects of FGM spearheaded by the ODPP coupled with effective prosecution of FGM cases in court”.