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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...

Blog Nov 24, 2020

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...

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...

Blog Nov 23, 2020

We’re determined to end violence against women and girls: Are you in?

November 25 marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence, which is a time for global action to increase awareness and galvanize advocacy on behalf...

Blog Nov 23, 2020

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...

Blog Nov 23, 2020

Addressing the Intersection of Caste and Sexual Violence in Haryana, India

Manisha Mashaal, founder of Swabhiman Society, is an inspiring and resilient voice fighting in the forefronts of the movement addressing caste based violence against Dalit women and girls in Haryana,...

Blog Nov 21, 2020

A significant step forward: CEDAW Committee adopts new General Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls

Equality Now welcomes the new General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration which was adopted by the Convention on the Elimination of all...

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...

Blog Nov 19, 2020

Justice not honor: It’s time for sexual violence laws that protect and promote human rights

In societies where sexual violence remains taboo, laws that see girls and women as vessels of their family’s honor rather than human beings with rights often go unchallenged. An analysis...

Blog Nov 15, 2020

Shop for Equality: Your 2020 Feminist Gift Guide

As we all prepare for an unconventional holiday season, many of us will be exchanging presents with loved ones from afar. Even more reason to send them something truly special! ...

Blog Oct 31, 2020

Equality Now Recommends... 🎬📚🎧

We’re back with the October edition of Equality Now Recommends Newsletter, bringing you a round-up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, that...

Blog Oct 23, 2020

At Home With Jamia Wilson: Women in Media, the Equal Rights Amendment & Intersectional Feminism

In August, 2020 Equality Now Board Member, Patricia Amira, sat down(virtually) with author, activist and movement builder, Jamia Wilson

Blog Oct 16, 2020

United States Voter Information for 2020

Helpful resources for people voting in the United States elections on 3 November, 2020.

Blog Oct 10, 2020

How COVID-19 is impacting efforts to end child marriage across Africa

Every October 11th, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. Whilst it is a day to celebrate global progress in protecting and promoting girls’...

Blog Oct 05, 2020

Day of the Girl Child 2020: Governments must act to protect adolescent girls from sexual violence

Every October 11th, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. 

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.

Blog Oct 02, 2020

At Home With Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy & Ariel Wengroff: social impact filmmaking & gender equality

In May, 2020 Equality Now Board Member, Patricia Amira, sat down(virtually) with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Ariel Wengroff to discuss their film Sitara, social impact filmmaking and gender equality. 

Blog Sep 17, 2020

At Home With Vicky Pryce: Equal Representation in Economy and Law

In May, 2020 Equality Now Board Member, Patricia Amira, sat down(virtually) with economist and author, Vicky Pryce, to discuss her latest book, Women Vs. Capitalism, and the links between economic systems and gender...

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

Blog Sep 10, 2020

At Home With Christina Lamb: Feminism and Life as a Foreign Correspondent

In May, 2020 Equality Now Board Member, Patricia Amira, sat down(virtually) with award-winning author and foreign correspondent, Christina Lamb to discuss women in conflict situations, her life as foreign correspondent...

Blog Aug 31, 2020

COVID-19 Conversations: The Need for Safe Shelters in Kenya

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating gender inequalities around the world. Equality Now is sharing insights from our  experts about how women’s and girls’ lives are being affected by...

Blog Aug 25, 2020

Equality Now Recommends... U.S. Women's Equality Day Edition! 🎬📚🎧

We’re back with a special U.S. Women’s Equality Day issue of our Equality Now Recommends Newsletter, bringing you a round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books,...

Blog Aug 24, 2020

Celebrating women in the workplace this Women's Equality Day

This week celebrates 100 years of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the actual adoption of the amendment into the U.S. Constitution. 

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

Blog Jul 25, 2020

Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

We’re back with our Equality Now Recommends Newsletter, bringing you a round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, that act as...

Blog Jul 24, 2020

UN Human Rights Council passes a strong resolution against FGM

In its 44th session, the UN Human Rights Council has passed a strong resolution on the ‘Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation’ (FGM). Submitted by Burkina Faso on behalf of the...

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

Blog Jul 17, 2020

An Important Step Toward Accountability for Sexual Violence in Bolivia and Beyond

Brisa didn’t get justice when she was raped as a teen. Now, almost 20 years later, her case could set a legal precedent in Bolivia and for the Americas. 

Blog Jul 16, 2020

COVID-19 Conversations: Mexico’s government is failing women

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating gender inequalities around the world. Equality Now is sharing insights from our team experts about how women’s and girls’ lives are being affected...

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...

Blog Jul 09, 2020

What does Uzbekistan’s National Human Rights Strategy mean for women's rights?

In June 2020, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev approved a National Human Rights Strategy, aimed at improving the country’s efforts to protect and promote the human rights of its citizens. What...

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...

Blog Jun 29, 2020

6 LGBTQ+ activists you should know about this Pride month

All people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, should have equal rights and be able to live free from harm, coercion, or discrimination.  To celebrate Pride Month, we're highlighting...

Blog Jun 28, 2020

Equality Now Recommends - Pride Month Edition! 🎬📚🎧🌈

In honor of Pride Month, this month’s Equality Now Recommends is a round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, that act...

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

Blog Jun 08, 2020

The global movement to end FGM: Promising developments in Sudan & the United Arab Emirates

Female genital mutilation is a global problem and one which requires global action to end it. Research on the existence and prevalence of the practice is critical to the efforts...

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

Blog Jun 03, 2020

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”.

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

Blog May 30, 2020

COVID-19 Conversations: Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking in Malawi

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating gender inequalities around the world. Each week, we are sharing insights from experts about how women’s and girls’ lives are being affected by...

Blog May 23, 2020

Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

We’re back with our Equality Now Recommends Newsletter, bringing you a round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, that act as...

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. 

Blog May 07, 2020

Addressing discrimination & inequality in the global response to COVID-19

COVID has exposed the structural inequalities that affect women and other marginalized people.  It has also had a disproportionate effect on those already disadvantaged.

Blog May 03, 2020

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...

Blog Apr 30, 2020

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...

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.

Blog Apr 28, 2020

The Shadow Pandemic: Kenyan Civil Society Demands Concrete Action to Protect Women and Girls During COVID-19

Equality Now has joined with Kenyan organizations including the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW), FIDA – Kenya, Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), GROOTS Kenya, SDGs Forum Kenya and Kenya Female Advisory Organisation...

Blog Apr 22, 2020

Overcoming Roadblocks to Justice Across Eurasia

In January 2019, Equality Now released our groundbreaking report Roadblocks to Justice: How The Law Is Failing Survivors Of Sexual Violence In Eurasia. The report showed how rape and sexual...

Blog Apr 17, 2020

COVID-19 Conversations: Impact of School Closures on Girls in Africa

COVID-19 is exposing and exacerbating gender inequalities around the world. Each week, we’ll be sharing insights from Equality Now experts about how women’s and girls’ lives are being affected by...

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...

Blog Mar 30, 2020

VICTORY: Sierra Leone lifts ban on pregnant girls attending school

The government of Sierra Leone has finally lifted the discriminatory ban that prohibits pregnant schoolgirls from attending school, effectively heralding the beginning of a remarkable era for adolescent girls.

Blog Mar 25, 2020

Gloria Steinem: 10 quotes from the front-lines of the fight for equality

Equality Now is honored to count Gloria Steinem as the chair of our Board Emeritus and for her support of our work since our organization’s beginning. Here are some of...

Blog Mar 18, 2020

Survivors of FGM/C unite to call for an end to the practice

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call for a Global Response, a new report released by Equality Now, End FGM European Network and the US End FGM/C Network, features the voices of...

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.

Blog Mar 17, 2020

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...

Blog Mar 13, 2020

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...

Blog Mar 05, 2020

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...

Blog Feb 24, 2020

To The Women Who Made This Possible - ‘Thank You’

Six brave women did the hard work of holding Harvey Weinstein accountable.

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

Blog Feb 11, 2020

#SaferInternetDay: Together for a safer & better internet

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...

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...

Blog Feb 05, 2020

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. 

Blog Jan 31, 2020

Marital rape is not a crime in India. It needs to be.

Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code explicitly allows a man to rape his adult wife. In 2015 RIT Foundation filed a petition seeking to close this loophole and criminalize...

Blog Jan 30, 2020

Building Bridges: Uniting a diversity of actors to end the sexual exploitation of vulnerable people

The right to be free from exploitation is a basic human right. Despite this, millions of women, girls, and other vulnerable people around the world are being sexually exploited. It...

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.

Blog Jan 26, 2020

Women’s human rights defender faces defamation charges in Kazakhstan

Dina Smailova, head of NeMolchi ("Do Not be Silent" in Russian) Foundation, faces criminal charges for defamation, with the first hearing taking place on Monday 27 January. She has been...

Blog Jan 25, 2020

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...

Blog Jan 24, 2020

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.

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...

Blog Jan 07, 2020

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...

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...

Blog Dec 11, 2019

Equality Now joins forces with UN Women and Council of Europe to improve responses to sexual violence in Georgia

The law can be a powerful tool in combating sexual violence and exploitation. It can be used to hold perpetrators to account, as well as defining the obligation that governments...

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...

Blog Nov 21, 2019

What a night celebrating the arts, activism, literature and women’s rights!

Changing laws and mindsets is only possible through persistent activism and on Tuesday night we honored Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Scarlett Curtis, who use the written word to do just...

Blog Nov 01, 2019

Equality Now's Yasmeen Hassan Awarded the National Public Interest Award from Stanford Law School

“Equality under the law is the first essential step to gender equality...”

Blog Oct 26, 2019

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...

Blog Oct 23, 2019

Tanzania: Landmark ruling against child marriage upheld

In October 2019 the Tanzania Court of Appeal upheld the landmark 2016 ruling by the High Court against child marriage. 

Blog Oct 20, 2019

Russia is failing in its obligations to protect women from domestic and sexual violence

Recent rulings by both the UN Committee tasked with monitoring the implementation the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the European Court of...

Blog Oct 17, 2019

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...

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...

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 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

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

Equality Now & Margaret Atwood's The Testaments: Partnership Highlights

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, 2019, 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...

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...

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

Walking 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 Aug 01, 2019

Inspiring and defining everyday activism with Equality Now, Gucci & Chime for Change

Equality Now and Gucci co-host event featuring 5 youth activists to discuss Inspiring and Defining Everyday Activism.

Blog Jul 31, 2019

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...

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...

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

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 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...

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

A statement in response to President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan stepping down in 2019. 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 of FGM

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. 

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

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

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

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 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

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

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...

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...

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.

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

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

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

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

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

In February 2019, 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...

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

From 13-16 February 2019, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held its 171 Period of Sessions in Sucre, Bolivia. 

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...

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...

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 21, 2018

Detroit FGM decision puts tens of thousands of women and girls in the US at risk of FGM

As a member of the steering committee of the United States End FGM Network, Equality Now is deeply disappointed and concerned about the ruling made by U.S. District Judge Bernard...

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)...

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

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 10, 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

 

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Blog Jul 31, 2018

Sexual abuse and exploitation in the aid sector

The International Development Committee report into Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Aid Sector published on 31st July 2018 reaffirms that sexual abuse and exploitation within the aid sector is endemic and...

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...

Blog Jun 24, 2018

Drip, drip, drip: How our media is feeding a culture of violence against women and girls

As part of our campaign "Hope Lives in Every Name", in partnership with Hulu's Original Series, The Handmaid’s Tale, Equality Now's Europe Director, Jacqui Hunt discusses the portrayal of women...

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

In 2014, Canada passed the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA), which decriminalizes prostituted individuals, who are mostly women, and offers them support services, and targets sex buyers,...

Publications May 29, 2018

Survivor Stories

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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

The World's Shame

Around the world, rape and sexual abuse are everyday violent occurrences -- affecting close to a billion women and girls over their lifetimes. However, despite the pervasiveness of these crimes,...

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

Equality Now Factsheet

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Factsheets May 23, 2018

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

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Blog Mar 10, 2018

2018 UN Commission On The Status Of Women

The 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) will take place at the UN’s New York headquarters from 12 to 23 March, 2018. Representatives from member...

Blog Feb 12, 2018

Mourning the Loss of Asma Jahangir (1952 - 2018)

We at Equality Now are deeply saddened at the passing of world renowned Pakistani human rights lawyer and social justice activist, Asma Jahangir.

Blog Feb 06, 2018

5 Things You Need To Know About Ending FGM

For International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), we spoke with our partner, Adama Lee, a dynamic gender and media activist from the Gambia who now lives in...

Blog Dec 01, 2017

Not On My Watch: Tackling Sexual Violence in Kenya

Equality Now is only as strong as its partners. In recognition of World Aids Day today and 16 days of activism, meet one of our inspirations: Mary Makokha.

Submissions Nov 20, 2017

Paraguay CEDAW Submission 2017

Information on Paraguay for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 68th Session 23rd October – 17th November 2017

Blog Aug 31, 2017

Equality Now June & August 2017 Newsletter

Blog Aug 17, 2017

Not Backing Down Against 'Marry-Your-Rapist' Laws

Thanks to years of advocacy by women’s rights groups, civil society and policymakers, laws that allow rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims are being repealed across the Middle East...

Submissions Aug 10, 2017

Paraguay: Forced motherhood is a violation of girls' rights - Equality Now joint submission to the Committee against Torture 61st Session July 2017

Information on Paraguay for Consideration by the Committee against Torture (CAT) 61st Session 24th July – 11th August 2017

Blog Jul 28, 2017

Take Action Now To End Sex Trafficking!

World Day Against Trafficking In Persons is on 30 July. Let's make sure ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation get the attention they deserve!  

Blog Jun 29, 2017

Tanzania, Ban Sexual Violence, Not Teen Mother's Access To Education!

The situation is worsening in Tanzania as police have started to arrest pregnant schoolgirls rather than arresting their abusers and addressing sexual violence. 

Blog May 30, 2017

2017 Calendar Of Events

Follow along with our calendar to stay up to date on how our staff and partners are working to make equality reality for women and girls around the world.

Blog May 19, 2017

April - May 2017 Newsletter

Equality Now board members from all over the world gathered in London this month to discuss our global strategic vision for the next five years. This was also the first meeting...

Submissions May 15, 2017

Lebanon must end impunity for rapists - Equality Now submission to the Committee against Torture (CAT) 60th Session May 2017

Information on Lebanon for Consideration by the Committee against Torture at its 60th Session 18th April – 12th May 2017

Blog May 12, 2017

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...

Blog Apr 24, 2017

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...

Blog Jun 21, 2016

Sierra Leone Must Let Girls Learn

Equality Now Is Working With Partners To End Sexual Violence Against Girls In Sierra Leone.

Blog Jun 17, 2016

Equality Now Africa Celebrates Its Sweet 16!

Celebrating Milestones!