END SEXUAL VIOLENCE
One in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, regardless of age, background or country.
When women and girls can live free from the threat of sexual violence, they can live healthier lives. When communities are safer for women and girls, they are safer and more prosperous for everyone. Equality Now’s work to end sexual violence can positively impact not only the woman or girl – but also her entire community.
"There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." -- Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General (2007-2016)
Over a lifetime, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence — regardless of age, background or country. The violence occurs in public and private and affects both the woman and her community. Overwhelmingly committed by men against women, sexual violence can take many forms, including rape, domestic violence, harassment and objectification, “honor” killings, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, “child marriage” and other harmful practices.
What is Sexual Violence?
Overwhelmingly committed by men against women, sexual violence can take many forms, including:
- Domestic violence
- Harassment and objectification
- “Honor” killings
- Sex trafficking
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices
The violence occurs in public and private and affects both the woman and her community.
What are we doing about it?
Violence against women and girls is rooted in inequality. Our work to advance global gender equality supports our efforts to get justice for survivors and victims of sexual violence – with the ultimate goal of preventing violence altogether.
- Equality Now uses the law to end violence against women and girls by:
- Advocating for strong laws and policies to protect women and girls from sexual violence
- Making sure that the justice system works, with proper investigation, prosecution and punishment of offenders
- Pushing for legal procedures that support survivors and prevent re-victimization
- Working with partners to bring specific cases to national, regional and international courts to underscore the global nature of this human rights abuse
Creating safer environments for girls
Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to abuse, with sexual violence being the most common form.
Our Justice for Girls program keeps them safe at home, at school and in their communities.
We are the only international organization that uses strategic litigation (taking carefully-selected cases to court to set legal precedents) to protect girls’ legal rights.