ERA Amicus Brief in Commonwealth of Virginia, et al v. Ferriero
Equality Now and others filed an amicus curiae brief in Commonwealth of Virginia, et al v. Ferriero in support of the plaintiffs.
On 29 June 2020, Equality Now and human rights organizations from every region of the world filed an amicus curiae brief in Commonwealth of Virginia, et al v. Ferriero in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the plaintiffs’ demand that the Government finally certify and incorporate the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the US Constitution. The ERA, ratified by the required number of 38 states, adds express language to the United States Constitution guaranteeing equality on the basis of sex. The three latest states to ratify the ERA - Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada - have filed a case before the District Court of Columbia demanding the incorporation of the ERA into the Constitution. In the course of almost 30 years working to address sex inequality and violence around the world, Equality Now has seen the pervasive damage wrought by inequality, and conversely, the tremendous benefits gained by countries which have embraced equality in the law and in practice.
The brief, joined by WORLD Policy Analysis Center, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM), the Equal Rights Trust, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), FEMNET, the Arab Women Organization (AWO), International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) and the Sisterhood is Global Institute, was filed with the pro-bono assistance of law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.