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Family Laws in MENA Fail to Protect Women and Girls

As the world celebrates the International Day of Families on May 15th, millions of women and girls across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) do not have the security and safety a family can bring. Discriminatory family laws across the region are failing ...

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A life’s work: All in the name of equality

As Yasmeen Hassan steps down as Global Executive Director of Equality Now after ten years in the role, we take a look back at her remarkable life and career to find out what inspired, motivated, and maintained her enduring dedication to women’s rights. ...

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Sexual Violence Laws are Failing Adolescents

At Equality Now, we have been on a years-long journey to track and analyze sexual violence laws and their implementation around the world. This work was born after working with survivors of sexual violence for over two decades and observing that women and ...

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Noura Hussein freed from prison

In 2018 you supported a campaign that helped Noura Hussein, a young Sudanese woman escape a death sentence. Noura was forcibly married off against her will at 17. The man she was married to, raped her with the aid of three male relatives. When he attempted to ...

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Constitutional Equality is Non-Negotiable

Today, our Legal Advisor Jorie Dugan spoke in front of the White House on the urgent need to incorporate the Equal Rights Amendment into the US Constitution once and for all. Read her remarks in full below: The United States likes to think of itself as a ...

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Afghanistan: Never Underestimate Women

Never underestimate the fragility of women’s rights, nor the power of women’s rights defenders to transform society if supported. A statement from Equality Now on the recent events in Afghanistan. In the last twenty years, women’s rights should ...

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Joint Statement: Governor Cuomo Must Resign

The New York State Attorney General’s investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed multiple and repeated allegations of sexual harassment and assault against eleven women, as well as a toxic work environment that has persisted throughout his three ...

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Kenya Must Prioritize Ending Sex Trafficking

July 30th, 2021 marks the ninth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a day designated by the United Nations in 2013 to raise awareness about the impact and scale of human trafficking around the globe. In Kenya, there have been positive ...

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Equality Now at the Generation Equality Forum

The Generation Equality Forum is a key opportunity to engage with governments, the UN, civil society and the private sector, on issues of women’s rights and gender equality. Learn about how Equality Now has contributed throughout the process, and what ...

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Ending Child Marriage in Jordan: A Bride With A Doll

Our partners Arab Women Organization have launched an awareness campaign against child marriage in Jordan. Equality Now and our partners, such as Arab Women Organization in Jordan (AWO), focus on using the law to create change and build a more equal world. ...

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Make gender equality a reality, Kenya!

It has been more than 26 years now since governments, including Kenya, came together and committed to promoting gender equality through the adoption of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Gender Equality. *Patricia was a small scale ...

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International Day of Families 2021

The Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law Urges States to Accelerate Reforms to Laws that Discriminate Against Women On International Day of Families 2021, the Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law calls on UN member States to work with Generation ...

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President Suluhu: Please remember the girls

By 2017 the World Bank documented that upwards of 5000 girls a year were forced to permanently drop out of school in Tanzania on account of pregnancy. On the backdrop of this, Tanzania’s Law of Marriage Act permits girls as young as 15 years old to get ...

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Roundup: Equality Now at CSW65

Despite being fully virtual, CSW65 was a very active two weeks, full of interesting events, and good opportunities for high-level advocacy. Equality Now staff spent March 15-26 learning, networking, and holding governments to account on women’s and girls’ ...

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Remembering Nawal El Saadawi

On Sunday, Egyptian writer Nawal El Saadawi died at the age of 89. Author of over 55 books, El Saadawi was a prominent feminist campaigner. Her 1980 book The Hidden Face of Eve shone a spotlight on the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM). Dima ...

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Where to find Equality Now at CSW65

All activities will be virtual for CSW65, but Equality Now will be just as present as ever. The 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) at the United Nations will take place between 15 – 26 March, 2021. Usually, CSW sees Equality Now staff and ...

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Building Back Equal In 2021

We wish that today was not a historically monumental one. We wish the fact that a woman will be sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States was not something we had to celebrate. We wish that writing  “Madam Vice President” felt banal. And ...

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The Rape of India’s Dalit Women and Girls

Shabnam*, a young woman from Northern India’s Haryana state, is two years away from becoming a law graduate. She sees parallels between her own rape and that of the 19-year-old Maha Dalit woman whose brutal rape and torture by a group of men from a ...

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Not Just One Bad Man

Athlete A is more than just the story of one bad man, it is an exploration into the systems of power that perpetuate the abuse and objectification of girls and young women. Equality Now is incredibly proud to partner with the Netflix ...

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United States Voter Information for 2020

Helpful resources for people voting in the United States elections on November 3, 2020. Informed and engaged people in the United States understand the importance of exercising their right to vote. Many have created a voting plan for November 3rd. Some have ...

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Women in Power: Meet Auxilia Bupe Ponga

Our work protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls means we get to work side by side with some incredible women in positions of power every day. This week, we spoke to Auxilia Bupe Ponga, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry ...

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Women in Power: Meet Auxilia Bupe Ponga

Our work protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls means we get to work side by side with some incredible women in positions of power every day. This week, we spoke to Auxilia Bupe Ponga, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of ...

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Defining a new inclusive future

2020 was set to be a historic year for women’s rights, with the Generation Equality forums planned for Paris and Mexico, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration, and the G7 summit in the United States with gender equality ...

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Dismantling racism must be part of our fight

A letter from our Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan. Right now, I am mourning for the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the hundreds of others who have lost their lives to an unequal and racist system. I am mourning for their families, ...

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Addressing rape as a human rights violation

Globally one in three women are subjected to violence in her lifetime, and one in 10 girls have experienced “forced sexual acts”. On 27 May 2020, Equality Now joined with the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women to co-host an Expert Group ...

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Women in Power: Meet Rainatou Sow

Our work protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls means we get to work side by side with some incredible women in positions of power every day. At a time when many female-led governments are being praised for their assertive leadership in ...

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Women in Power: Meet Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

Our work protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls means we get to work side by side with some incredible women in positions of power every day. At a time when many female-led governments are being praised for their assertive leadership in ...

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6 ways to help make equality reality in the family

Gender equality in the family is the key to achieving gender equality across society. We must all redouble our efforts to make equality reality in our families, and around the world.  1. END LAWS THAT MEAN MOTHERS LOSE CUSTODY OF THEIR CHILDREN WHEN THEY ...

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Why press freedom matters for gender equality

A free press is essential to the functioning of a fair, equal, and accountable society. The free speech of women and their consequent access to justice is, however, impeded when reporting is inaccurate, intrusive, and misrepresents the context of violence ...

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28 Years of Equality Now

Equality Now is turning 28! It’s made us reflect on the progress we’ve made collectively towards gender equality over the last few decades. Here are some of our favorite moments of moving the dial towards a more equal world for women and girls. 1992 The ...

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Why gender equality in leadership matters

Equality Now is turning 28! It’s made us reflect on the progress we’ve made collectively towards gender equality over the last few decades. Our work protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls means we get to work side by side with some ...

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The official global picture of FGM/C is incomplete

According to official UNICEF figures (2020), FGM/C affects at least 200 million women and girls in 31 countries worldwide. This figure only includes countries where there is available data from large-scale representative surveys, which consist of 27 countries ...

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Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

March 8 was International Women’s Day, but we think every day should be international women’s day. And a great way to celebrate is to get involved with and share #feminist art! Here’s your round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of ...

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Brands to support for International Women’s Day

As we all come together to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we want to highlight some brands you can confidently support, knowing they are doing their part to create a just world for women and girls.  International Women’s Day is just ...

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#SaferInternetDay 2020

February 11 is #SaferInternetDay which aims to create both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This is particularly important as the instances of online sexual ...

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How can youth end FGM?

Ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on February 6th, we spoke to young activists from across the global movement to end FGM.  Aarefa Johari is the co-founder of Sahiyo, a transnational organization working to end ...

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Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

Was one of your new year’s resolutions to consume more #feminist content? Well we have you covered! Here’s your first 2020 round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more that act as a megaphone to ...

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Add your name in support of survivors

It takes great courage for any survivors of sexual assault to come forward, especially publicly. We admire the bravery of all of the Russell Simmons survivors and #SilenceBreakers. As organizations and individuals who are dedicated to ending sexual violence, ...

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Virginia votes the ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

In a watershed moment, both chambers of the Virginia State Legislature have voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This leaves Virginia poised to become the 38th state to ratify the amendment, a pivotal number because 38 states are needed to pass ...

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Women’s March 2020: March for our human rights

We march once again. When our rights are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK. We are proud to be partnering with Women’s March Global on 18th Jan 2020 for the March For Our Human Rights – the first women’s rights march of the new ...

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A failure of Cyprus’ legal system

Today, a British teenager was given a four-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of lying about gang-rape in Cyprus. In July last year, she reported to police that she was gang raped in a hotel room. She later recanted the claim and was charged ...

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19 times women led the way in 2019

Here are 19 times women led the way in 2019. We hope they will lift you up and motivate you to continue to fight for gender equality in 2020, they sure have for us! 1. Thousands of women in India walked 10,000km across 24 states to raise awareness about rape ...

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CEDAW at 40

International law is the foundation of Equality Now’s work to ensure all women and girls are able to live safe, fearless, and free. December 18th, 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women ...

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Victory at ECOWAS Court for girls in Sierra Leone

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has found that the government of Sierra Leone breached the right of pregnant girls to education by prohibiting pregnant school girls from accessing school. In a succinct and powerful ...

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Beijing Platform for Action: 25 Years On

Since 1999, Equality Now has updated Words & Deeds every five years. The report highlights explicitly sex discriminatory laws affecting women and girls and other vulnerable people over the course of their lives that need to be reformed. These ...

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Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

What are you reading or listening to these days? Do you find yourself at the end of a good book or an interesting podcast and wonder what should come next. Well good news, it’s time for your latest round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters ...

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Poverty is sexist

Across almost every economy in the world, women earn less than men. According to a 2017 Oxfam report, globally women earn 24 percent less than men. Women are also less likely to be in paid work in the first place. This gendered poverty is not limited to ...

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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. For generations, our sisters from Latin America and The Caribbean have helped to push women’s voices to the forefront of the conversation in politics, the arts, and the ...

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UN Human Rights Council: Free Saudi Activists

States call on Saudi Arabia to improve its Human Rights record. Australia has delivered a joint statement at the UN in Geneva today about Saudi Arabia on behalf of a cross-regional group of Member States expressing serious concerns over the persecution ...

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Gilead is a Global Reality

On September 10 2019, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale was released. Although Gilead and The Testaments are fictional, they hold a mirror up to the state of women’s rights today. In the dystopian future of ...

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Equality Now & The Testaments

“Events of the past few years have shown us how we can never take progress for granted. The Testaments could not be more timely for us working on gender equality – we need to remain vigilant, persistent and make ourselves heard.” -Yasmeen Hassan, ...

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It’s Time to Remove the Deadline on the ERA!

Equality Now joined a long list of organizations and advocates in urging the United States House Committee on the Judiciary to move forward with a deadline elimination bill. If you’ve been following our efforts to get protection for women included in ...

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Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

Whoop! It’s time for your latest round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more that act as a megaphone to women’s rights. Enjoy – and if you have any top tips then send them our way. ...

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Consent, power, vulnerability and impunity

On 25 July, 2019, the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission released its report The Limits of Consent: Prostitution in the UK. The Commission provided a balanced look at the evidence regarding the impact of prostitution and related policies, and posed ...

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2019

Tuesday, July 30th is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It’s a chance to reinforce the urgent need to create and implement laws that seek to end sex trafficking – the illegal trafficking of humans for sexual exploitation – around the world. ...

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The World I Want To Live In

We want to live in a world where every woman and girl can make her voice heard. Tell us about the world you want to live in with #TheWorldIWantToLiveIn on social media. “Stay on him! Stay on him!” Moira admonishes her fellow protestors during a recent ...

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Campaigning for equal nationality rights in Lebanon

On July 4th, Equality Now MENA, in partnership with the Committee for the Follow Up on Women Issues (CFUWI), launched the campaign for equal citizenship rights in Lebanon, in the presence of twelve major Lebanese NGOs working in the field of women’s rights ...

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The World I Want To Live In

We want to live in a world where women and girls are not at risk of sexual violence. Tell us about the world you want to live in with #TheWorldIWantToLiveIn on social media. “I couldn’t believe they were doing it, that it was actually happening,” says ...

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The World I Want To Live In

We want to live in a world where women and girls are not at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) or other harmful practices. Tell us about the world you want to live in with #TheWorldIWantToLiveIn on social media. “…Things will be so much easier for ...

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Black History Month: Shirley Chisholm on the ERA

For Black History Month, we honor Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress. During her first year in Congress, Congresswoman Chisholm took to the floor of the House to voice her support for the ERA in her landmark speech “For ...

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She Helped Me Find My Voice

For our 25th anniversary and in recognition of countries celebrating Mother’s Day in May, here at Equality Now we are recognizing the women in our lives who have inspired us. Whether they are our mothers, sisters, teacher or friends – we ...

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How Many Girls Must Die Before Liberia Stops FGM?

On 31 March 2017, Zaye Doe, a sixteen-year-old girl died during forced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Liberia’s Tappita area.  The mutilation was carried out on Zaye and her friend by members of the influential women’s secret society known as the ...

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Celebrating Everyday Activism In NYC

Equality Now has been supporting the activism of women and girls around the world for the past 25 years. We have seen firsthand how each person can be an agent of change. Through activism in our spheres of influence and through supporting other’s ...

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Sierra Leone Must Let Girls Learn

Equality Now Is Working With Partners To End Sexual Violence Against Girls In Sierra Leone. UPDATE: In March 2020, the government of Sierra Leone finally lifted the discriminatory ban that prohibits pregnant schoolgirls from attending school, effectively ...

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Watch: I’m Just A Law

Watch The Video, Raise Your Voice! No More #unsexylaws In 1995, 189 countries pledged to “revoke any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex” at the historic United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing. More than ...

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April 2016 Member News

A round-up of our work in April 2016 News COMING SOON – EQUALITY NOW’S NEW LOOK AND FEEL We may not be turning 25 until next year, but that’s not stopping us from celebrating early. Stay tuned as we get ready to launch our next chapter. Thank you to ...

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Women Creating Change

Women’s History Month interview with Equality Now’s Global Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan.  Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a Q&A with U.S. digital strategy agency Blue State Digital. What do you hope to see in the ...

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Interview With Yasmeen Hassan

Co-founder and Chairwoman Janvi Patel of Legal Advisory Group, Halebury, sat down with Equality Now’s Yasmeen Hassan in celebration of International Women’s Day. Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a  longer ...

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Victory For Makeda!

Justice for Girls – a legal victory 15 years in the making! We are thrilled to announce a victory in one of our first and longest-running Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF) cases! In a precedent-setting decision, the African ...

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End “Honor” Killings

At age 19, Saba eloped to marry a young man she loved. When her father called her home, supposedly to reconcile, he and her uncle shot her in the head, put her in a bag and threw her in a river in Pakistan. The reason? She had brought dishonor onto her ...

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Report: Ending Sexism In Nationality Laws

Imagine then what it is like to be born without a nationality or to be denied the citizenship of your mother, or at times your father, because of discrimination in the law. Today, Equality Now released The State We’re In: Ending Sexism in ...

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