What a year 2020 has been. As COVID-19 has swept the globe, precious lives have been lost, inequalities laid bare, plans put on hold. Life has truly been turned upside down.
Here at Equality Now we’ve not been immune to the crisis. Like so many others, we’ve had to cancel crucial events, delay key campaigns and make plenty of difficult decisions. But we are still here. And with the pandemic triggering a global rollback of human rights, our work is more crucial than ever.
Throughout 2020, we saw women and girls around the world subjected to increased discrimination and violence: in Kenya, there was an explosion in child marriage as desperate families resorted to marrying off under-age daughters to ease expenses; in Russia, domestic violence rates shot up.
We responded by stepping up our unique combination of community mobilization, legal advocacy, and partnership building, across every area of our work.