Georgia CRPD Submission 2020
List of Issues for Georgia for the 13th Pre-sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (30 March - 3 April 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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
Virginia votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment
In a watershed moment, both chambers of the Virginia State Legislature have voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This leaves Virginia poised to become the 38th state to...
Women’s March 2020: March for our Human Rights
We march once again. When our rights are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT BACK.
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...
19 times women led the way in 2019
Here are 19 times women led the way in 2019. We hope they will lift you up and motivate you to continue to fight for gender equality in 2020, they...
Eliminating Discrimination Against Women: 40 years later we’ve still got work to do
International law is the foundation of Equality Now's work to ensure all women and girls are able to live safe, fearless and free.
Victory at ECOWAS Court for girls in Sierra Leone
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has found that the government of Sierra Leone breached the right of pregnant girls to education by prohibiting pregnant...
Proposed Russian Domestic Violence bill prioritises “preserving family” over the life and health of women
The draft Law on Domestic Violence was released on Friday November 30 by the Federation Council and is open for comments until December 15. It gives domestic violence a legal...
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...
Kenya Factsheets 2019
In preparation for Kenya's Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council, Equality Now published the following fact sheets on sexual violence, harmful practices, legal inequality and sexual exploitation. ...DOWNLOAD PDFDOWNLOAD PDFDOWNLOAD PDFDOWNLOAD PDF
7 reasons you should give to Equality Now this #GivingTuesday
At Equality Now, we know that discriminatory laws don’t reverse themselves and change is not possible unless we all work together. We are tenacious in our mission to ensure that...
Equality Now awarded Finland’s International Gender Equality Prize for changing discriminatory laws
The Government of Finland awarded Equality Now the International Gender Equality Prize on Monday 2 December 2019. The prize, which was awarded for the second time, was presented for our...
The Women’s Movement in 2020: Defining a new inclusive future
As January 2020 falls into view - as Director of Programmes at Equality Now, I wanted to share some thoughts on what 2020 might hold for the women’s rights movement...
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...
10 Times Margaret Atwood was our Shero
Equality Now is honored to count Margaret Atwood as part of our family and grateful for her support and tenacity. Her commitment to justice for women and girls inspires us...
UK Women and Girls Manifesto 2019
The upcoming UK General Election offers an opportunity for all political parties to explicitly support equality for women. Women’s lives have changed significantly in the last 50 years but there...
The Convention on the Rights of the Child can further gender equality
International law is the foundation of Equality Now's work to ensure all women and girls are able to live safe, fearless and free.
The Beijing Platform for Action: 25 Years On
It's about 37 minutes since I just hit save on the final version of Equality Now's 2020 edition of Words & Deeds - Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing +...
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...”
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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
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
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
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
Iraq CEDAW Submission 2019
Information on Iraq for Consideration by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at its 74th Session 21 October - 8 November 2019
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month!
September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.
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...
"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...
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.
UN Human Rights Council: Free Saudi Activists
States call on Saudi Arabia to improve its Human Rights record.
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)...
#MeTooTalgo: Kazakh Activists Call For Improved Access To Justice
In Kazakhstan, survivors of sexual violence are denied justice.
Gilead is a Global Reality
On September 10, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale will be released. Although Gilead and The Testaments are fictional, they hold a mirror up to...
Equality Now & The Testaments
“Events of the past few years have shown us how we can never take progress for granted. The Testaments could not be more timely for us working on gender equality...
It’s Time to Bring Equality Home in the United States
Business and political leaders in the United States say women's equality and empowerment are keys to success - and make them a priority for aid to other countries. Why aren’t...
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....
It's Time to Remove the Deadline on the ERA!
Equality Now joined a long list of organizations and advocates in urging the United States House Committee on the Judiciary to move forward with a deadline elimination bill.
Technology and Trafficking
The Need for a Stronger, Gendered and Cooperative Response
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.
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.
Inspiring and Defining Everyday Activism with Equality Now, Gucci and Chime for Change
Equality Now and Gucci co-host event featuring 5 youth activists to discuss Inspiring and Defining Everyday Activism.
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...
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2019
Tuesday July 30th is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It’s a chance to reinforce the urgent need to create and implement laws that seek to end sex trafficking –...
The 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...
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...
Campaigning for equal nationality rights in Lebanon
On July 4th, Equality Now MENA , in partnership with the Committee for the Follow Up on Women Issues (CFUWI), launched the campaign for equal citizenship rights in Lebanon, in...
Kuwait UPR Submission 2019
Kuwait Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Fifth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council January - February 2020
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
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
HLPF 2019: Women’s and Girls’ Rights must be central to Sustainable Development
Equality Now participates in the UN’s annual High Level Political Forum to push UN member states to protect and advance the human rights of all women and girls.
HLPF 2019 Recommendations
The following are Equality Now's input to the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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
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...
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...
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).
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...
US HRC Submission 2019
Information on the United States of America for Adoption of List of Issues Prior to Reporting at the Human Rights Committee's 125th Session 4 Mar - 29 Mar 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
Enhancing State Accountability on SDG 5 in Kenya
Four years ago, 193 nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a set of 17 goals aimed at ensuring that nations commit themselves towards the realization of human rights...
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...
IACHR Thematic Hearing on Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence in Bolivia
In May 2019, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held its 172 Period of Sessions in Kingston, Jamaica. Equality Now and several of our Bolivian partner organizations testified at...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
US House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Testimony 2019
This testimony was submitted to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to enter into the record for the Equal Rights Amendment hearing held on April 30th....
Our Impact in 2018
First Congressional Hearing on the ERA in 36 years
Earlier this week, for the first time in 36 years, Congress held a hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). There is building momentum for Congress to eliminate the original...
Coming together to end gender discrimination in nationality laws
A call for urgent action by government to end gender discrimination in nationality laws and uphold their commitments to sex equality.
Discussing Legal Priorities and Forging Partnerships in the MENA Region
The MENA Office of Equality Now organized its first strategic meeting in Beirut on the 8th-9th of April, 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...
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
Women led the overthrow of Sudan’s leader, but they are far from safe
Women have been at the forefront of huge protests in Sudan that have led to the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir, with some estimating they have made up to 70% of those...
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.
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
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
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
Iraq UPR Submission 2019
Iraq Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty Fourth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Right Council October – November 2019
Egypt UPR Submission 2019
Egypt Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review Thirty-Fourth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council October – November 2019
International Be Kind to Lawyers Day
Today, we are delighted to highlight some of the many amazing lawyers on our staff and sharing some of their inspirations and the work we are so grateful they do....
The Internet needs new rules
Addressing online sexual exploitation should be a priority.
Engaging at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women
Each year in March, representatives of governments and civil society organizations from around the world gather at the United Nations to focus on the status of rights and empowerment of...
Letter to Leaders of Muslim-Majority Countries: Stand Against Persecution of Women’s Rights Defenders
Today, more than 100 women’s rights and human rights organisations and activists working in Muslim contexts, including Musawah and Equality Now, wrote to leaders of Muslim-majority countries urging them to stand against the...
Gloria Steinem Turns 85: 10 Quotes From The Frontlines of the Fight For Equality
Equality Now is honored to count Gloria Steinem as one of our board members and for her support of our work since our organization’s beginning almost 27 years ago. In...
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...
Demanding gender equality is not terrorism!
Saudi Arabia must unconditionally drop all charges against detained women human rights defenders
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...
On International Women’s Day, Stand For Laws That Respect and Protect Women and Girls
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to celebrate and reflect on the social, political, and cultural achievements of women around the world, and to call for increased action to...
Over 50 human rights groups call for immediate release of Saudi women’s rights defenders
The following letter was sent to over 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of States calling on UN Member States to adopt a resolution at the 40th session of the UN...
Black History Month: Shirley Chisholm on the ERA
For Black History Month, we honor Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress. During her first year in Congress, Congresswoman Chisholm took to the floor of the House...
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.
Bahrain CRC Submission 2019
Information on Bahrain for Consideration by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 80th session 14th January 2019 - 1st February 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...
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...
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?
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...
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...
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!
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Breathing Life into the Maputo Protocol
Case Digest - Jurisprudence on the Rights of Women and Girls in Africa
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...
Why Give to Equality Now this #GivingTuesday
Here are the reasons you should make a gift for women and girls this #GivingTuesday
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...