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Press Releases Apr 21, 2021

Rape laws across South Asia insufficient, inconsistent, and poorly enforced, leaving women at heightened risk of sexual violence

INDIA, New Delhi, April 21 - A new report reveals how laws on rape in South Asian countries are insufficient, inconsistent, and not systematically enforced, putting women and girls at...

Publications Apr 20, 2021

Sexual Violence in South Asia: Legal and Other Barriers to Justice for Survivors

Protection gaps in rape laws and barriers to accessing justice continue to lead to effective denial of justice for survivors of sexual violence in South Asia. Recent and widespread public...

Press Releases Apr 12, 2021

Women’s rights organizations challenge Mali’s lack of anti FGM law at the ECOWAS Court of Justice

ABUJA, NIGERIA, April 12, 2021 – Leading women’s rights organizations have jointly filed a case at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria,...

Publications Mar 26, 2021

Reporting on Female Genital Mutilation: A toolkit for journalists and editors

This toolkit is for media professionals in Kenya and provides guidelines on how to report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a gender-sensitive, accurate, and constructive manner.

Press Releases Mar 17, 2021

Kenya's High Court rules anti FGM law is constitutional: A jubilant day for girls and women in Kenya!

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 17 – A three-judge bench of the High Court in Nairobi has upheld and validated the constitutionality of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011, advancing...

Submissions Feb 22, 2021

Joint Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking on the principle of non-punishment

Submissions Feb 22, 2021

Submission on the EU initiative on gender based violence and domestic violence

Webinars & Events Feb 19, 2021

Addressing Caste Based Sexual Violence in Haryana: Webinar

In December 2020, following the release of our joint report - Justice Denied: Sexual Violence and Intersectional Discrimination: Barriers to Accessing Justice for Dalit Women and Girls in Haryana, India...

Submissions Feb 05, 2021

Bhutan is denying survivors of sexual violence justice - Equality Now submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 80th Session 2021

Webinars & Events Jan 29, 2021

Make Equality Reality Gala 2020

Each year, our Make Equality Reality raises money to support our team of human rights lawyers who protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world. In...

Webinars & Events Jan 29, 2021

Ending Sexual Abuse in Sports: Netflix and Equality Now discuss the impact of Athlete A

Equality Now has teamed with Netflix and the filmmakers of Athlete A, the documentary about the brave gymnasts that put Larry Nassar behind bars and exposed decades of abuse at...

Submissions Jan 11, 2021

Nepal's sexual violence laws and procedures violate their international human rights obligations - Equality Now joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 131st Session March 2021

Submissions Jan 08, 2021

The Maldives are denying survivors of sexual violence justice - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 78th Session 2020

Submissions Dec 14, 2020

Submission to the Scottish Government's Equally Safe Consultation Dec 2020

Submission to “Equally Safe: A consultation on challenging men's demand for prostitution, working to reduce the harms associated with prostitution and helping women to exit” by the Scottish Government. 

Webinars & Events Dec 10, 2020

Duty bearers' conference: Strengthening child protection mechanisms in Kenya

In September 2020, the Government of Makueni County in collaboration with Equality Now hosted a webinar to champion and advocate for the protection of children’s rights in response to the...

Press Releases Dec 07, 2020

Child marriage is a serious problem in Georgia, survivors are calling for change

GEORGIA, TBILISI, December 7, 2020 - Georgia has one of the highest rates of child marriage in Eastern Europe, but the problem is being widely overlooked. Although Georgian legislation states...

Publications Dec 07, 2020

Courage: Survivors of child marriage in Georgia share their stories

This publication tells the stories of seven women, victims of violence, who were forced to marry as children. Some were able to escape before marriage, and all have now gained...

Press Releases Nov 24, 2020

India’s justice system is failing survivors of caste-based sexual violence

NEW DELHI, INDIA, Nov 25, 2020 – A new report reveals how India’s justice system is failing survivors of caste-based sexual violence. Men from dominant castes frequently use sexual violence...

Publications Nov 24, 2020

Justice Denied: Sexual Violence & Intersectional Discrimination - Barriers to Accessing Justice for Dalit Women and Girls in Haryana, India

Dalits - officially designated as Scheduled Castes by India’s Constitution - are at the bottom of caste and class hierarchies in India. The intersectionality of gender, class, and caste in...

Press Releases Nov 19, 2020

Court case filed against Tanzania to overturn ban on pregnant girls attending school

NAIROBI, KENYA, Nov 19, 2020 - International women’s rights organization Equality Now alongside its partner in Tanzania, has today filed a joint case at the African Court on Human and...

Publications Nov 19, 2020

Honor over Justice: How Kuwait’s Penal Code is failing to protect the human rights of women & girls

This document, produced in partnership with Abolish Article 153, is an analysis of the domestic provisions with regard to international human rights standards that Kuwait should be adhering to and provides...

Press Releases Oct 03, 2020

Campaigners demand government action on epidemic of caste-based sexual violence in Uttar Pradesh

Over 75 human rights organizations sign open letter to Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister over failure to protect Dalit women and girls from caste-based sexual violence.

Submissions Sep 18, 2020

Equality Now Submission to the Republic of Ireland’s Independent Review of the Operation of Part 4 of The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act, 2017

Submission to the public consultation on the Republic of Ireland's Independent Review of the Operation of Part 4 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which deals with the...

Submissions Sep 11, 2020

Bolivia's laws are denying adolescent girls access to justice - Equality Now joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 130th Session 2020

Publications Aug 12, 2020

Rape as a grave and systematic human rights violation and gender-based violence against women

On 27 May 2020, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (UN SR VAW), Ms. Dubravka Šimonović and the Office of the High Commissioner on...

Press Releases Aug 11, 2020

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights to hear landmark case on endemic sexual violence of adolescent girls in Bolivia

Publications Jul 30, 2020

Combating trafficking for sexual exploitation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2020, Equality Now released Combating trafficking for sexual exploitation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: lockdowns, online sexual abuse, & supporting survivors remotely. 

Court Documents Jul 29, 2020

Letter to General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation Regarding the Khachaturian Sisters Case

Submissions Jul 23, 2020

Women and girl's rights in Africa - Equality Now joint submissions to the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR) 66th Session 2020

Submissions Jul 09, 2020

Addressing sexual violence in Georgia is fundamental to substantive equality - Equality Now joint submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 37th Session November 2020

Webinars & Events Jul 09, 2020

Ending FGM: From Global to Local

This webinar, exploring how countries can use legal and advocacy pathways to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), took place as part...

Press Releases Jul 06, 2020

Equality Now calls on Mali to take urgent action to protect girls and women from female genital mutilation

BAMOKO, July 6, 2020 - Equality Now welcomes the comprehensive and timely report by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) declaring Mali’s failure to criminalize Female...

Webinars & Events Jun 25, 2020

A conversation on safe spaces in Kenya in the midst of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has magnified structural inequalities and systematic violations across the world. In Kenya, the situation is no different. There has been an escalation in cases of gender-based violence during...

Submissions Jun 22, 2020

Russia is denying survivors of sexual violence justice - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 78th Session 2020

Submissions Jun 22, 2020

Uzbekistan's sexual violence laws are denying survivors justice - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 78th Session 2020

Submissions Jun 22, 2020

Bolivia is failing to protect adolescent girls from sexual violence - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women 78th pre-sessional working group 2020

Submissions Jun 08, 2020

Kyrgyzstan is failing to protect the rights of women and girls - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women 76th Session June 2020

Submissions Jun 01, 2020

Russia's sexual violence laws and procedures violate their international human rights obligations - Equality Now joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 129th Session June 2019

Submissions Jun 01, 2020

Armenia's laws deny justice to survivors of sexual violence - Equality Now joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) - 129th Session June 2020

Webinars & Events May 20, 2020

Online Sexual Exploitation Webinars & Discussions

Submissions May 19, 2020

Equality Now Submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration 2020

Equality Now made this Submission in response to the Call for Submissions by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on its Draft General Recommendation on the Trafficking in Women...

Publications May 14, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls in Eurasia

The COVID-19 crisis has shown an urgent need for Governments in Eurasia to overcome violence and discrimination against women with strong legal and policy frameworks. 

Webinars & Events Apr 29, 2020

At Home With...

Equality Now presents a series of cozy conversations with some of our favorite authors, filmmakers, journalists, and more, all hosted by Equality Now’s board member, Patricia Amira.

Webinars & Events Apr 02, 2020

Report Release: FGM/C: A Call For A Global Response

The report, released by Equality Now, the End FGM European Network, and the US End FGM/C Network, shines a spotlight on the presence of FGM/C in over 90 countries around...

Press Releases Mar 30, 2020

Victory for girls in Sierra Leone as the government lifts the ban that prohibits pregnant schoolgirls from attending school!

[FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, March 30] – The government of Sierra Leone has finally lifted the discriminatory ban that prohibits pregnant schoolgirls from attending school, effectively heralding the beginning of a...

Press Releases Mar 17, 2020

FGM/C is occurring in over 90 countries and is far more widespread than generally acknowledged

BRUSSELS, LONDON, SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2020 - Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is happening in far more countries around the world than widely acknowledged, and the number of...

Publications Mar 17, 2020

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call For A Global Response

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is internationally recognized as a gross violation of human rights, a form of violence against women and girls, and a manifestation of gender inequality.

Submissions Feb 18, 2020

Georgia is failing to protect women and girls with disabilities from sexual violence - Equality Now List of Issues submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - 13th pre-sessional working group March 2020

Court Documents Feb 07, 2020

Third-Party Intervention in Kurt v. Austria (ECtHR)

Equality Now and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre have been granted leave to intervene in Kurt v. Austria - a potentially landmark case at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of...

Publications Feb 05, 2020

Manifesto to end FGM in the UK by 2030

This manifesto, calling for FGM to be eradicated worldwide by 2030, was delivered to the UK Prime Minister to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2020 by...

Court Documents Jan 29, 2020

Equality Now, the Equal Rights Trust, and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre jointly intervene in TV v Russia (ECtHR)

Equality Now, the Equal Rights Trust and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre submitted a joint Third Party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights on 29 January 2020.

Press Releases Jan 23, 2020

Over 100 sign statement supporting Silence Breakers who’ve spoken out about being sexually assaulted by Russell Simmons

[Los Angeles/New York, January 23, 2020] Music mogul Russell Simmons has been accused of sexually assaulting over twenty women. ON THE RECORD is a documentary that tells the story of...

Press Releases Dec 12, 2019

Victory for pregnant girls in Sierra Leone

ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec 12 – 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...

Press Releases Dec 05, 2019

Kisumu County becomes 2nd County in Kenya to launch SGBV policy

[Nairobi, December 5, 2019] The County Government of Kisumu has developed and launched a comprehensive policy framework designed to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) at the local level, making it the...

Press Releases Dec 05, 2019

Kajiado County becomes the first County in Kenya to launch anti FGM policy

[Nairobi, December 5, 2019] Kajiado has become the first County in Kenya to develop and launch a robust policy designed to end FGM at the community level. The policy, which is firmly grounded...

Press Releases Oct 16, 2019

Media Alert: Equality Now To Host Annual Make Equality Reality In New York City on November 19, 2019

On November 19, 2019, Equality Now will host our annual Make Equality Reality Gala in New York City, honoring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and featuring the second annual Changemaker Award presented...

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Malawi must act to end trafficking for sexual exploitation - Equality Now joint submission to UN Universal Periodic Review 36th Session May 2020

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Belarus' definitions of rape and sexual violence fall short of international standards - Equality Now joint submission to UN Universal Periodic Review 36th Session May 2020 UPR Submission 2019

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Kazakhstan's legal system allows impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 74th Session October 2019

Submissions Oct 02, 2019

Kyrgyzstan is denying survivors of sexual violence access to justice - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women November 2019

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. 

Press Releases Aug 15, 2019

Government of Sierra Leone urged to demonstrate political will to address sexual and gender based violence in Koinadugu and Falaba districts

[FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, August 15] – Child Welfare Society, Women Against Violence in Society, Graceland – Sierra Leone, Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law, Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace together...

Submissions Jul 17, 2019

Kyrgyzstan must end impunity for sexual violence crimes - Equality Now joint submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 35th Session - January 2020

Submissions Jul 17, 2019

Armenia's laws are enabling impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence - Equality Now joint submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 35th Session January 2020

Submissions Jul 01, 2019

UK government must address online sexual exploitation - Equality Now response to the UK Government Online Harms White Paper 2019

Submissions Jun 21, 2019

Ending violence against women and girls to support the achievement of the SDGs - Equality Now remarks to Council of Europe 2019

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...

Submissions Jun 14, 2019

Trafficking in the context of global migration - Equality Now submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women 2019

Submissions Jun 02, 2019

The digital environment and child rights - Equality Now Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child 2019

Submissions May 30, 2019

India must protect girls from female genital mutilation - Equality Now submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 126th session July 2019 India HRC Submission 2019 - Equality Now

Submissions May 20, 2019

Mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive care - Equality Now joint submission to the 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...

Submissions May 09, 2019

Pennsylvania House Testimony in Support of HB360: Ending Child Marriage

Equality Now's May 2019 testimony to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in support of a bill to end child marriage in the state.

Submissions Apr 15, 2019

The United Kingdom must protect the rights of women and girls - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women 72nd Session February 2019

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

United States must protect the rights of women and girls, including in the constitution - Equality Now joint submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 125th Session March 2019

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

Kazakhstan's laws are effectively denying access to justice for survivors of sexual violence - Equality Now submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 34th Session October 2019

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

Bolivia UPR Submission 2019

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

Submissions Jan 28, 2019

The US Department of Education must ensure equal access to education for all students - Equality Now's Comment on NPRM Title IX 2018

Equality Now's comment on Docket No. ED-2018-OCR-0064, RIN 1870–AA14, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance (United States)

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...

Court Documents 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

 

Submissions Nov 02, 2018

Sudan must criminalize marital rape and protect girls from child marriage - Equality Now submission to the Human Rights Committee (CCPR) 124th Session October 2018

Publications May 29, 2018

Trafficking Survivor Stories

To draw international attention to the experiences, needs, and demands of women and girls who have faced commercial sexual exploitation firsthand, and to call on policymakers and top officials to...

Publications May 29, 2018

2016 Violence Against Girls: Summit on FGM/C report

In December 2016, Equality Now, Safe Hands for Girls, The United States Institute of Peace and the US Network to End FGM/C came together to host the first-ever End Violence...

Publications May 29, 2018

Prevalence of FGM in England and Wales

Equality Now and City University of London. Published July 2015. 32 pages.  

Publications May 29, 2018

Awaken

From 1997-2010, Equality Now published Awaken, a forum for information and discussion to promote a better understanding and a more effective strategy for the eradication of FGM. Each issue was...

Publications May 29, 2018

Protecting Girls from Undergoing FGM in Kenya and Tanzania

This booklet explores the challenges and accomplishments of Equality Now partners in Kenya (Tasaru Ntromonok Initiative) and Tanzania (Network Against Female Genital Mutilation) as they work to eliminate the harmful...

Publications May 29, 2018

Research Methodological Workshop Report: Estimating the prevalence of FGM in England and Wales

To explore the methodological options for the collection of robust prevalence data on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England and Wales, Equality Now, collaborated with the Department of Midwifery, City...

Publications May 29, 2018

GIRL MOTHERS: Forced child pregnancy and motherhood in Latin America and the Caribbean by CLADEM

Tens of thousands of girls are raped and become pregnant across Latin America every year. The ages of these girls show that these pregnancies were from sexual abuse and constituted...

Publications May 29, 2018

A Struggle for Justice: Incest Victims in Pakistan Report

War Against Rape, Lahore (WAR Lahore), Nasreen Welfare Trust Legal Aid Services (NWT) and Equality Now pro-actively undertook a preliminary study on the subject of incest in Pakistan prompted by...

Publications May 29, 2018

Juris Prudence on Sexual Offences & Proposals to Close the Gaps for the Prosecution of Rape in Sudan

This report complements Equality Now and partner advocacy in Sudan aimed at getting clarity and guidance in the law to address discriminatory legislation on rape and sexual violence, particularly provisions...

Factsheets May 24, 2018

The Equality Approach to Addressing Sex Trafficking

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Factsheets May 24, 2018

International Human Rights Law on FGM

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Factsheets May 23, 2018

Factsheet: Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

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Factsheets May 23, 2018

Does Legalizing Prostitution Protect Women and Girls?

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Factsheets May 23, 2018

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

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