Equality for women begins with justice for girls. When a girl can grow up safe, happy and healthy with full enjoyment of her rights, she can grow to reach her full potential. When girls know their rights and are empowered to advocate for them, they can create real change in their own lives and for other girls like them.

How to protect adolescent girls

Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to violence and abuse because of their limited legal rights and ability to protect themselves. Equality Now is the only international organization that uses strategic litigation (taking carefully-selected cases to court to set legal precedents) to protect girls’ rights. By successfully taking on the case of one girl, millions of girls in similar circumstances around the world can benefit.

Girls deserve the full protection of their governments, and support from their families and communities. Through our Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now supports individual cases that represent the most common and significant human rights violations of adolescent girls. Our main objectives are to:

  • Make sure girls can seek justice and that the justice system works for them
  • Set legal precedents to increase legal protections for girls
  • Educate girls and their communities on girls’ rights
  • Raise the visibility of local cases to intensify their national, regional and international impact
  • Work with partners to strengthen communities' abilities to protect girls’ rights
  • Mobilize our supporters to stand up for girls’ rights

Help create a world where girls can flourish free from discrimination and violence.

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How to protect adolescent girls

Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to violence and abuse because of their limited legal rights and ability to protect themselves. Equality Now is the only international organization that uses strategic litigation (taking carefully-selected cases to court to set legal precedents) to protect girls’ rights. By successfully taking on the case of one girl, millions of girls in similar circumstances around the world can benefit.

Girls deserve the full protection of their governments, and support from their families and communities. Through our Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund, Equality Now supports individual cases that represent the most common and significant human rights violations of adolescent girls. Our main objectives are to:

  • Make sure girls can seek justice and that the justice system works for them
  • Set legal precedents to increase legal protections for girls
  • Educate girls and their communities on girls’ rights
  • Raise the visibility of local cases to intensify their national, regional and international impact
  • Work with partners to strengthen communities' abilities to protect girls’ rights
  • Mobilize our supporters to stand up for girls’ rights

Help create a world where girls can flourish free from discrimination and violence.

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Investing in Girls: The GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund

In the areas where we work, Equality Now also partners with organizations to empower girls to create change in their own lives, families and communities. Through the support of a generous donor, we established The GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund. The Fund allows us to directly invest in girls through education and civic programs that promote equality and opportunity. It also helps us support much-needed safe spaces for girls so that they have the chance to achieve their physical, emotional and social potential.

“If every girl is valued and given the same opportunities as boys, amazing things can happen – not only for the girl whose life is changed forever, but for her, the community and the whole world which becomes safer, happier and more balanced.”
Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now

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Equality for women begins with justice for girls. When a girl can grow up safe, happy and healthy with full enjoyment of her rights, she can grow to reach her full potential. When girls know their rights and are empowered to advocate for them, they can create real change in their own lives and for other girls like them.

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Investing in Girls: The GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund

In the areas where we work, Equality Now also partners with organizations to empower girls to create change in their own lives, families and communities. Through the support of a generous donor, we established The GENEROSITY of GIRLS Fund. The Fund allows us to directly invest in girls through education and civic programs that promote equality and opportunity. It also helps us support much-needed safe spaces for girls so that they have the chance to achieve their physical, emotional and social potential.

“If every girl is valued and given the same opportunities as boys, amazing things can happen – not only for the girl whose life is changed forever, but for her, the community and the whole world which becomes safer, happier and more balanced.”
Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now

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