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Blog Oct 09, 2019

Portrayal of sexual violence in Georgian media

Equality Now calls upon Georgian TV channel Mtavari Arkhi to adhere to human rights standards when reporting on sexual violence.

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Malawi UPR Submission 2019

Malawi Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Sixth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council May 2020

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Belarus UPR Submission 2019

Belarus Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Sixth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council May 2020

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Kazakhstan CEDAW Submission 2019

Information on Kazakhstan for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 74th Session 21 October - 8 November 2019

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Kyrgyzstan CEDAW Submission 2019

Information on Kyrgyzstan for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 76th Session 11 - 15 November 2019

Blog Sep 28, 2019

Addressing the Problem of Forced Child Pregnancy in Argentina

Equality Now joined five Argentine women’s and children’s rights organizations in Washington, DC to urge the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to take action to protect girls from sexual violence...

Blog Sep 27, 2019

"History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes."

At the beginning of September we were honored to launched a partnership with Margaret Atwood, Fane Productions, and VINTAGE around the highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood’s newest...

Publications Sep 25, 2019

Recommendations for Access to Justice for Sexual Violence in Georgia

In Georgia, sexual violence survivors are coming together to demand justice and calling upon the government not to treat perpetrators with impunity. 

Blog Sep 08, 2019

Equality Now Recommends - Special Literary Edition! 📚📚📚

It’s time for your latest round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters that act as a megaphone to women's rights. This month we are doing something a bit...

Blog Sep 05, 2019

Uniting Forces to Ensure Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a Practice of the Past

At Women Deliver 2019, we came together as civil society organizations, champions, survivors & grassroots representatives at Women Deliver 2019 around a global effort to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)...

Blog Sep 04, 2019

#MeTooTalgo: Kazakh Activists Call For Improved Access To Justice

In Kazakhstan, survivors of sexual violence are denied justice.

Blog Aug 16, 2019

Young Survivors Lead Walk to End Sexual Violence against Girls, Boys and Adolescents in Bolivia

This past 8-9 August thousands came together to walk in solidarity with child and adolescent victims of sexual violence. They called for an end to the sexual violence in Bolivia....

Blog Aug 14, 2019

Technology and Trafficking

The Need for a Stronger, Gendered and Cooperative Response

Blog Aug 12, 2019

Urgent action is needed to address Malawi's mounting sex trafficking problem

Facing huge obstacles to accessing justice and support, Malawi's sex trafficking victims are being failed by the system. Meanwhile perpetrators go unpunished.

Blog Aug 07, 2019

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...

Blog Aug 05, 2019

Walk to End Sexual Violence Against Young People in Bolivia

Young people in Bolivia are coming together like never before to call for an end to the country’s epidemic of sexual violence.

Blog Jul 31, 2019

Consent, power, vulnerability and impunity

Last week 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...

Blog Jul 30, 2019

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 –...

Blog Jul 26, 2019

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...

Blog Jul 19, 2019

Sudan: Organisations across Africa condemn gross human rights violations

As women’s rights organizations from 16 African countries, we wish to strongly condemn the gross human rights violations that have been visited upon peaceful protesters in Sudan over the past...

Blog Jul 19, 2019

Tanzania: Landmark ruling against child "marriage" at risk

Child “marriage” is a human rights violation that harms girls and women, along with their families and communities. Despite global commitments to protect girls, we once again find ourselves defending...

Submissions Jul 17, 2019

Kyrgyzstan UPR Submission 2019

Kyrgyzstan Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Fifth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council January - February 2020

Submissions Jul 17, 2019

Armenia UPR Submission 2019

Armenia Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Fifth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council January - February 2020

Submissions Jul 16, 2019

HLPF 2019 Recommendations

The following are Equality Now's input to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2019.

Blog Jul 05, 2019

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...

Submissions Jul 01, 2019

UK Gov Online Harms White Paper Response 2019

The following was submitted to the UK Government in response to the consultation on the Online Harms White Paper published in April 2019. 

Submissions Jun 21, 2019

Council of Europe 2019: Ending violence against women and girls to support the achievement of the SDGs

The following comments were given by Equality Now's Jacqui Hunt as part of the conference on Women’s Rights at the Crossroads: Strengthening International Co-operation to Close the Gap between Legal Frameworks...

Blog Jun 21, 2019

To the Sudanese Military Council: Please Do Not Lose Sight That This Is An Opportunity For Democracy, Stability, Fairness and Prosperity For All In Sudan

By Judy Gitau, Africa Co-ordinator at Equality Now

Blog Jun 20, 2019

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...

Blog Jun 20, 2019

Faces for Change: Giving a voice to survivors

On June 15, 2019, Sahiyo launched its ‘Faces For Change’ photo campaign in Mumbai, India, in collaboration with Orchid Project, Global Health Strategies and Equality Now. The first such photo campaign in...

Blog Jun 20, 2019

The Power Of Networks: Women Deliver 2019

WD2019 brought together over 8,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists committed to a more gender equal world. The energy and determination was infectious, and we left Vancouver...

Blog Jun 19, 2019

FGM And The Law Around The World

Ending FGM requires a multi-sectoral approach that brings together law enforcement agencies, child protection professionals, educators, physicians, traditional and religious leaders, government agencies, advocates, and survivors. As Equality Now and...

Submissions Jun 14, 2019

CEDAW Committee 2019

Submission in response to the CEDAW committee draft General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women andGirls in the Context of Global Migration in Feb 2019. 

Blog Jun 08, 2019

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...

Blog Jun 06, 2019

It's Time To #WakeUp and #ShapeHistory

Around the world, there’s a startling disparity of statues commemorating the accomplishments of women. To mark the launch of season three of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, CNN, along with our partners...

Blog Jun 06, 2019

Partner Highlight: Monica Oguttu, Executive Director of K-MET (Kisumu Medical & Eduction Trust)

My greatest joy and inspiration comes from talking to women and seeing them realise their potential. -Monica Oguttu

Blog Jun 04, 2019

Saving Zoë & Equality Now

Actors Laura and Vanessa Marano produce, and star in a new film, Saving Zoë, to be released on July 12th. While creating this film, the sisters reached out to Equality...

Submissions Jun 02, 2019

UN CRC Digital Environment Submission 2019

This submission was made in response to the Call for Submissions by the Committee on the Rights of the Child for the General Comment on children’s rights in relation to...

Submissions Jun 02, 2019

UN OHCHR Child Rights and the SDGs Submission 2019

This was submitted in response to the Call for Input by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on child rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Blog Jun 01, 2019

8 things you should know about FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a threat to millions of women and girls globally. Equality Now has worked to end FGM through the law since 1992. Here are eight things...

Submissions May 30, 2019

India HRC Submission 2019

Information on India for Adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting at the Human Rights Committee's 126th Session 1 July - 26 July 2019

Blog May 28, 2019

Equality Now at Women Deliver 2019

WD2019 will be the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. It will serve as a catalyst for advocates working to...

Blog May 24, 2019

5 Things You Should Know about Child Marriage and The Law In the United States

Child marriage spans across geographies, cultures, religions and socio-economic groups—and poses a major threat to girls in the United States. 

Blog May 22, 2019

The Role of Technology on Facilitating and Addressing Sex Trafficking

In the United States, 2 out of every 3 children sold for sex are trafficked online. In the United Kingdom, more than 8,500 sexual services ads are posted online every...

Submissions May 20, 2019

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, 2019

Equality Now, CLADEM and ANDHES submitted the following was submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women for the upcoming thematic report on mistreatment and violence against women during...

Blog May 17, 2019

What Are the Long Term Impacts of Child Marriage? Your Questions Answered

Child “marriage” is a human rights violation that impacts women and girls, along with their families and communities, in a variety of overlapping ways. Over 720 million women and girls...

Blog May 10, 2019

Seven Things You Should Know About Child “Marriage”

Since 1995, Equality Now has been working to create a safer, healthier world for girls by calling on governments to enact and uphold laws that prevent child “marriage” and to...

Blog May 07, 2019

Case challenging Sierra Leone’s pregnant school girl ban to be heard in June

Case challenging Sierra Leone’s ban prohibiting pregnant school girls from attending school to be heard at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice on June 25,...

Blog Apr 16, 2019

Justice in Georgia for Rape Survivors

Elene works for the Public Defender’s (Ombudsman’s) Office in the Gender Equality Department but she is talking as an activist who has been involved in the women’s rights movement in...

Submissions Apr 15, 2019

UK CEDAW Submission 2019

Information on the United Kingdom for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 72nd Session 18th February - 8th March 2019

Blog Apr 12, 2019

Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

You gave us such positive feedback about our last staff recommendations for books, movies, TV shows and podcasts concerning women’s rights we decided to make it a regular thing. Here...

Blog Apr 11, 2019

Disappointment at the U.S. Department of Justice decision not to appeal ruling in the first federal genital mutilation case

It leaves thousands of girls at risk of FGM.

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

USA CCPR Submission 2019

Information on the United States of America for Adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting at its 125th Session 4th March - 29th March

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

Kazakhstan UPR Submission 2019

Kazakhstan Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Fourth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council October – November 2019

Blog Apr 03, 2019

The Internet needs new rules

Addressing online sexual exploitation should be a priority.

Blog Mar 22, 2019

Building Coalitions to End Trafficking in Asia

Last month, Equality Now joined 230 participants from 23 countries for four days at the Asia Region Anti-Trafficking conference in Bangkok to share ideas, build relationships, and strengthen efforts to...

Blog Mar 11, 2019

What is CSW at the United Nations?

“It’s a wonderful space to advocate with governments on particular issues and also to take the temperature of how governments are viewing women’s and girls’ rights in the moment.” -Antonia...

Blog Feb 22, 2019

Coming Together Against Sexual Violence in Bolivia

This past 13-16 of February 2019, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held its 171 Period of Sessions in Sucre, Bolivia. Equality Now was there.

Blog Feb 16, 2019

What we're reading, watching, listening to and more!

We are always asked by our friends what books or movies they should watch to learn more about feminism or women's rights. So we asked our staff from Nairobi to...

Blog Feb 06, 2019

A Truly Global Effort is Needed to Eradicate FGM by 2030

According to official data on the global prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) released by UNICEF there are 200 million women and girls in the world who have been cut. Shocking though...

Publications Jan 16, 2019

Roadblocks To Justice: How The Law Is Failing Survivors Of Sexual Violence In Eurasia

Released in January 2019, this report contains a general overview of the laws on sexual violence in the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union and analysis of gaps in...

Blog Dec 11, 2018

Equality Now Holiday Gift Catalog

Looking for the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones this holiday season while also supporting the work of Equality Now?

Blog Dec 10, 2018

Meet Fraidy Reiss - Founder Unchained at Last #16days

Fraidy Reiss is an internationally recognized expert on forced and “child marriage”. Growing up in an orthodox religious community in New York, Fraidy was 19 when her family pressured her...

Blog Dec 08, 2018

Meet Moses Ntenga - Founder Joy For Children #16days

Moses Ntenga is the founder and Director of Joy for Children Uganda, NGO that advocates both at the grassroots and on a national level for child rights and seeks to...

Blog Dec 07, 2018

Thanks to you, we raised more than $1M for women & girls!

Our Make Equality Reality Gala on December 3rd in Los Angeles was a stunning success, raising more than $1 million to support women's and girls' rights!  

Blog Dec 07, 2018

Meet Rob Cartwright- Equality Now Donor #16days

Rob has been an Equality Now donor since 2017. His regular gift allows Equality Now to continue our vital work. 

Blog Dec 05, 2018

Meet Ivana, María and María - Lawyers

Ivana Mónica Leyva Jimenez, María Leonor Oviedo Bellott and María del Carmen Arispe Fuentes are lawyers at CUBE the service delivery arm of “A Breeze of Hope Foundation.” who work...

Blog Dec 02, 2018

Meet Grizelda - Author and International Speaker #16days

Grizelda is a human trafficking and prostitution survivor who uses her experiences to inform and educate around the world. She is a women’s rights activist, international speaker, and best-selling author...

Blog Dec 01, 2018

Meet Mary - Founder of REEP #16days

Mary Makokha originally worked as a freelance journalist before founding REEP (Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Programme) in 1997 to spearhead the fight against HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting her...

Blog Nov 29, 2018

Meet Helen Payne - Online Activist #16days

This year, through online actions Helen has stood with Noura in Sudan, the detained women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, and women working for equal nationality rights in Kuwait. It’s...

Blog Nov 28, 2018

Meet Elba Nuñez - Lawyer #16Days

Elba is a lawyer and activist at the Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense of Women's Rights. For over fifteen years she has worked to promote...

Blog Nov 26, 2018

Why Give to Equality Now this #GivingTuesday

Here are the reasons you should make a gift for women and girls this #GivingTuesday

Blog Nov 26, 2018

Meet Nita Bhalla - Journalist #16Days

Nita is the East Africa Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She covers, disaster, conflict, environment, human rights and slavery. In 2017 the Society of Publishers in Asia awarded her...

Blog Nov 13, 2018

FGM rates are falling in Africa but we mustn’t be complacent

New research released this week by BMJ Global Health has reported a “huge and significant decline” in the number of girls across Africa being subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)...

Publications Nov 06, 2018

Amicus Brief for Dr. Nargawala hearing 6 November 2018 submitted by Equality Now, WeSpeakOut, Sahiyo, And Safe Hands For Girls In Support Of The United States - Equality Now


Submissions Nov 02, 2018

Sudan CCPR Submission 2018

Sudan - Consideration of State Reports at International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 124th Session October - November 2018  

Blog Oct 18, 2018

What is the scale of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the UK?

Today is UK Anti-Slavery Day, and EU Anti-Trafficking Day. Despite international law prohibiting trafficking in human beings, an estimated 2.45 million people annually - 1.2 million children - are still...

Blog Oct 09, 2018

'My Mother Cut Me When I Was 7 So I Could Be Married to an Old Man'

Despite Kenyan laws against harmful practices, Kenya is still failing to protect girls from ‘child marriage’ and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Blog Oct 05, 2018

In memoriam - Dr. Sidiga Washi

It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of inspirational women’s rights activist Dr. Sidiga Washi, who served as Chairperson of Equality Now’s Board of Trustees, and acted...

Blog Sep 27, 2018

Organizations speak out in defense of sexual assault survivors

We have joined forces with more than 80 leading women and human’s rights groups to place a full page ad in The Washington Post expressing collective concern about attacks on...

Blog Sep 20, 2018

Joint Statement: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India

The participants of the event, ‘Eliminating Harmful Practices, Meeting SDG Commitments: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India’, jointly issue this Declaration. The event was also attended by representatives from United Nations...

Factsheets Sep 13, 2018

Female Genital Mutilation in the United States


Blog Aug 25, 2018

ERA Explainer

What is the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)?

Blog Jul 31, 2018

International Development Committee report into Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Aid Sector

“Outrage is appropriate, surprise is not”

Factsheets Jul 26, 2018

FOSTA Explainer Graphic

Blog Jul 26, 2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is held every year, because human trafficking is a thriving criminal enterprise which is expanding at an alarming rate. Millions of women, men...

Blog Jul 06, 2018

If you could change one thing for women and girls, what would you choose?

As part of our "Hope Lives in Every Name" Campaign, we reached out to influential women from across different professional, personal and global spheres to answer the question above, "If...

Publications Jun 21, 2018

Know the Facts: What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Blog Jun 20, 2018

Equality Now teams up with The Handmaid’s Tale

International women’s rights organization Equality Now is unveiling a new campaign with Emmy Award-winning Hulu Original Series, The Handmaid’s Tale, which calls on people to use the power of their...

Blog Jun 12, 2018

Sisters In Arms: The Maranos Talk Gender Equality

Sisters Vanessa and Laura Marano aren’t your typical Hollywood stars. They’re feisty, driven, and passionate about women’s rights. Together with their mother, former actress Ellen Marano, they are determined to...

Blog Jun 12, 2018

Protect PCEPA. Don't Legalize the Sex Trade in Canada

At their convention in 2018, the Liberal Party passed a resolution calling for the decriminalization of the industry of prostitution and overturn of Canada’s groundbreaking Protection of Communities and Exploited...