Since 1992, our international network of lawyers, activists, and supporters has held governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence & harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) & child marriage.
Women’s rights have come a long way in the last thirty years, and we’re proud of our part in that.
Reforming discriminatory laws. Almost 60% of the discriminatory laws we’ve highlighted since 1999 have been fully or partially reformed.
Ensuring the law frames sexual violence in line with human rights standards. Since the release of our 2017 report, The World’s Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic, we’ve continued to analyze gaps in laws regionally and engaged in international and regional mechanisms to hold governments accountable.
Enshrining protection from trafficking in international law. In 2001, we led a coalition for the passage of the Palermo Protocol, the leading international guide to combating trafficking. We continue to contribute to creating and sustaining gendered narratives on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation at the international level, and calling for the UN to ensure that its policies are in alignment with international law.
Our impact in 2021
2021 was another challenging year for people and organizations around the globe. As the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic subsided, we all had to adapt to a ‘new normal’, learning how to live with the virus and manage its knock-on effects. For many women and girls, those effects have been catastrophic.
Throughout the year, we continued to expand our work in each of our four key priority areas.
With your support, we will continue to use the power of the law to challenge governments to end systematic discrimination, creating enduring equality for women and girls everywhere.