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Submissions May 20, 2019

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

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

Blog May 17, 2019

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

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

Blog May 10, 2019

Seven Things You Should Know About Child “Marriage”

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

Blog May 07, 2019

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

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

Blog Apr 16, 2019

Justice in Georgia for Rape Survivors

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

Submissions Apr 15, 2019

UK CEDAW Submission 2019

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

Blog Apr 12, 2019

Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧

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

Blog Apr 11, 2019

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

It leaves thousands of girls at risk of FGM.

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

USA CCPR Submission 2019

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

Submissions Apr 11, 2019

Kazakhstan UPR Submission 2019

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

Blog Apr 03, 2019

The Internet needs new rules

Addressing online sexual exploitation should be a priority.

Blog Mar 22, 2019

Building Coalitions to End Trafficking in Asia

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

Blog Mar 11, 2019

What is CSW at the United Nations?

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

Blog Feb 22, 2019

Coming Together Against Sexual Violence in Bolivia

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

Blog Feb 16, 2019

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

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

Blog Feb 06, 2019

A Truly Global Effort is Needed to Eradicate FGM by 2030

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

Publications Jan 16, 2019

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

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

Blog Dec 11, 2018

Equality Now Holiday Gift Catalog

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

Blog Dec 10, 2018

Meet Fraidy Reiss - Founder Unchained at Last #16days

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

Blog Dec 08, 2018

Meet Moses Ntenga - Founder Joy For Children #16days

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

Blog Dec 07, 2018

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

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

Blog Dec 07, 2018

Meet Rob Cartwright- Equality Now Donor #16days

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

Blog Dec 05, 2018

Meet Ivana, María and María - Lawyers

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

Blog Dec 02, 2018

Meet Grizelda - Author and International Speaker #16days

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

Blog Dec 01, 2018

Meet Mary - Founder of REEP #16days

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

Blog Nov 29, 2018

Meet Helen Payne - Online Activist #16days

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

Blog Nov 28, 2018

Meet Elba Nuñez - Lawyer #16Days

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

Blog Nov 26, 2018

Why Give to Equality Now this #GivingTuesday

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

Blog Nov 26, 2018

Meet Nita Bhalla - Journalist #16Days

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

Blog Nov 13, 2018

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

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

Publications Nov 06, 2018

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


Submissions Nov 02, 2018

Sudan CCPR Submission 2018

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

Blog Oct 18, 2018

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

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

Blog Oct 09, 2018

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

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

Blog Oct 05, 2018

In memoriam - Dr. Sidiga Washi

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

Blog Sep 27, 2018

Organizations speak out in defense of sexual assault survivors

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

Blog Sep 20, 2018

Joint Statement: Roundtable on FGM/Khafz in India

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

Factsheets Sep 13, 2018

Female Genital Mutilation in the United States


Blog Aug 25, 2018

ERA Explainer

What is the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)?

Blog Aug 03, 2018

Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Online Sex Trafficking

Legislation alone will not end the exploitation of women and girls in the United States.

Blog Jul 31, 2018

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

“Outrage is appropriate, surprise is not”

Factsheets Jul 26, 2018

FOSTA Explainer Graphic

Blog Jul 26, 2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2018

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

Blog Jul 13, 2018

Can #MeToo help stop sex tourism?

Egle Gerulaityte is a writer, adventuress, and traveler currently riding around the world on a motorcycle and discovering curious places and people along the way. This article was originally published...

Blog Jul 06, 2018

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

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

Publications Jun 21, 2018

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

Blog Jun 20, 2018

Equality Now teams up with The Handmaid’s Tale

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

Blog Jun 12, 2018

Sisters In Arms: The Maranos Talk Gender Equality

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

Blog Jun 12, 2018

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

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

Publications May 29, 2018

Survivor Stories

Read our Survivor Stories

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


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

Tackling FGM in the UK: Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting

The recommendations contained in this report from the Intercollegiate Group (Equality Now, Royal Colleges of Midwives, Nursing and Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and UNITE) and its partners, demonstrate solidarity to raise...

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

Learning From Cases of Girls' Rights

Representing the knowledge gained from cases undertaken as part of Equality Now’s Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF), this report identifies and addresses the common obstacles faced by adolescent girls...

Publications May 29, 2018

The World's Shame

The Global Rape Epidemic - How laws around the world are failing to protect women and girls from sexual violence

Publications May 29, 2018

Juris prudence on Sexual Offences & Proposals to Close the Gaps for the Prosecution of Rape in the 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...

Publications May 29, 2018

Progress: The State We're In

Published January 2016. PDF, 4 pages. English only.

Factsheets May 24, 2018

The Equality Approach to Addressing Sex Trafficking

Factsheets May 24, 2018

Global Sex Trafficking

Factsheets May 24, 2018

International Human Rights Law on FGM

Factsheets May 23, 2018

Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military

Factsheets May 23, 2018

Does Legalizing Prostitution Protect Women and Girls?

Factsheets May 23, 2018

Equality Now Factsheet

Factsheets May 23, 2018

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Blog May 09, 2018

New Yorkers - Call Your Assembly Member And Stop Child Sex Trafficking in NY

New York’s efforts to stop sex trafficking were recently rated a D, one of 5 states with the lowest grades in the country. New York is only one of two states...

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. Representatives from member states,...

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...