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.
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...
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...
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)...
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
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...
'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).
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...
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...
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...
Litigating Before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights: A Practice Manual French
Litigating Before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights: A Practice Manual
Female Genital Mutilation in the United States
What is the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)?
Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Online Sex Trafficking
Legislation alone will not end the exploitation of women and girls in the United States.
International Development Committee report into Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Aid Sector
“Outrage is appropriate, surprise is not”
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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...
Open Letter on Human Rights Violations Against Women
An Open Letter from Feminist & Human Rights Organizations and Human Rights Defenders Regarding Human Rights Violations against Women in The Arab World and Greater Morocco.
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...
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...
Know the Facts: What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
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...
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...
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...
#justicefornoura: Stop The Execution Of Noura Hussein
Noura, a young Sudanese girl was forcefully married off at 16 years of age, despite her protestations, the significantly older man she was forced to marry, raped her whilst three...
Read our Survivor Stories
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...
Litigation and Advocacy Tool to End Harmful Practices
Created by Equality Now, the Centre for Human Rights University of Pretoria and the Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition (SOAWR Coalition), this manual provides guidance on litigating cases of...
Prevalence of FGM in England and Wales
Equality Now and City University of London. Published July 2015. 32 pages.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The World's Shame
The Global Rape Epidemic - How laws around the world are failing to protect women and girls from sexual violence
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...
Progress: The State We're In
Published January 2016. PDF, 4 pages. English only.
Working Group Report on Discrimination in Law
This report draws from the Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Since 2005, this committee has referenced discrimination against women in law in...
A Quick Guide to Reporting Human Rights Violations to the United Nations and the African Commission
This pocket guide outlines the most common ways that NGO’s can bring human rights violations to the attention of the United Nations and regional bodies. If further assistance is needed...
A Guide to Using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa for Legal Action
This Guide provides step-by-step guidance for using the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa at local, national, and regional levels. It explains how to bring women’s rights abuses...
The Impact of Discrimination in Law and Legal Processes on Women and Girls – Some Case Examples
Submitted to the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice, this paper presents recommendations on new legislation or improved implementation of existing legislation...
The State We're In: Ending Sexism in Nationality Laws
Equality Now’s report, which has been sent to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, documents a wide range of harmful consequences and calls on governments to...
Protecting the Girl Child: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations
Building on the body of Equality Now’s work for the protection of girls’ and women’s rights, this report illustrates the impact of child marriage through 11 case studies and includes...
Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing+20 Review Process
In 1995, at the historic United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, governments from around the world agreed on one of the most progressive plans to advance women's...
The Equality Approach to Addressing Sex TraffickingDOWNLOAD PDF
Global Sex TraffickingDOWNLOAD PDF
International Human Rights Law on FGMDOWNLOAD PDF
Infographic: Sex Discriminatory Nationality LawsDOWNLOAD PDF
Sexual Assault in the U.S. MilitaryDOWNLOAD PDF
Does Legalizing Prostitution Protect Women and Girls?DOWNLOAD PDF
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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...
What I Learned From Equality Now About How The Law Can Help Women And Girls
By Yashvi, 15yrs I am very much interested in a law career and so when my school said I had to arrange a work placement, I did some research into...
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,...
What Are You Doing For Women And Girls In 2018?
Tell us by 26 march 2018 for or a chance to have your commitment featured in our video!
US: Call Your Reps To Support FOSTA/SESTA!
UPDATES: 11 April: The groundbreaking FOSTA/SESTA bill has been signed into US law by President Trump, establishing criminal and civil liability for websites that knowingly facilitate sex trafficking! This is truly...
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.
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...
Time’s Up! Women’s March 2018
Stop The Internet From Being A Safe Haven For Sex Trafficking
Though the United States' Communications Decency Act (CDA) Section 230 was never intended to legally protect websites that facilitate sex trafficking, that is exactly what is happening.
Not On My Watch
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.
What A Night! Equality Now Celebrates 25 Years
On 30 October 2017, more than 400 guests joined Equality Now to celebrate 25 years of activism for women’s rights at our Make Equality Reality fundraising gala in New York...
It's On All Of Us
Equality Now stands in support of the thousands of women around the world who are speaking out about their sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
The Future I Want For My Daughter
We believe that equality for women begins with justice for girls. That's why, On 11 October, we will be celebrating International Day of the Girl Child (IDG)! This year, EN's Flavia Mwangovya shares the future she...
June-August 2017 Newsletter
GO GINSBURG! Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice and bonafide Shero, recently wrote the decision in Sessions v. Morales-Santana, citing the amicus brief submitted by Equality Now and partners. Both Sierra...
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...
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!
The Law Says What?!
To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we want to test your knowledge of the law! How much do you know about sexist and discriminatory laws that persist around the world?
The US Supreme Court Rules For Gender Equality!
On 12 June, 2017, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling for Sessions v. Morales-Santana to address the sex discrimination in the Immigration and Nationality Act! Unmarried American fathers and mothers will now...
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.
"STEP BY STEP AND THROUGH HARD WORK, WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERYONE." - SHARON, EQUALITY NOW SUPPORTER
25 Conversations. 25 African Schools.
2017 DECEMBER UPDATE: We are committed to finding solutions to protect students from the abuses that came to light during our 25 Conversations in 25 Schools initiative. Equality Now is holding...
Demand That The Us End “Child Marriage” By Setting A Minimum Age Limit!
“Child Marriage” is a truly global issue, affecting 15 million girls a year. Learn how the US is failing to protect girls from this human rights violation.
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.
We opened our doors during a pivotal time in history. The 20th century was coming to a close and the world was changing in dramatic ways. Let us set the...
UNHR Statement: Legal Review & Reforms Needed To End Sexual Violence
The United Nations' 35th Human Rights Council Session took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 6 - 23 June. Equality Now provided the following written statement for Agenda Item 3: Promotion...
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...
United States - Let Girls Learn!
On 18 May, US Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced foreign policy legislation to restore federal funds to keep girls in school.
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...
How Many Girls Must Die Before Liberia Stops FGM?
On 31 March 2017, Zaye Doe, a sixteen-year-old girl died during forced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Liberia’s Tappita area. The mutilation was carried out on Zaye and her friend...
Celebrating Everyday Activism In NYC
Last Wednesday, we were thrilled to partner with NoVo Foundation at Google to co-host an amazing night of dynamic discussion with women who are shaping the future of New York City. Our...
New Look, Same Vital Mission: A Just World For Women And Girls
As Equality Now builds toward our 25th anniversary in 2017, I’m very excited to share our new logo and beautiful new website with you. The world has changed significantly over the...
Sierra Leone Must Let Girls Learn
Equality Now Is Working With Partners To End Sexual Violence Against Girls In Sierra Leone.
Equality Now Africa Celebrates Its Sweet 16!
64-12! France Votes To Criminalize Buying Sex & Decriminalize People In Prostitution
The Nordic Model Of Laws To Ending Sex Trafficking And Commercial Sexual Exploitation Continues To Gain Ground In Europe!
Are U.S Doctors Practicing Female Genital Mutilation?
Anti-FGM Activist Jaha Dukureh And Equality Now Urgently Need Your Help!
Watch: I'm Just A Law
Watch The Video, Raise Your Voice! No More #unsexylaws
U.S. Military Is Still A Hostile Environment For Women
Since 2013, together with our partner the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), we have been working to combat sexual assault in the U.S. Military and see that survivors are supported when...
April 2016 Member News
A round-up of our latest stories.
Women Creating Change
Women's History Month interview with Equality Now's Global Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan.
Victory For Makeda!
Justice for Girls - a legal victory 15 years in the making!
Interview With Yasmeen Hassan
Co-founder and Chairwoman Janvi Patel of Legal Advisory Group, Halebury, sat down with Equality Now's Yasmeen Hassan in celebration of International Women’s Day.
End "Honor" Killings
At age 19, Saba eloped to marry a young man she loved. When her father called her home, supposedly to reconcile, he and her uncle shot her in the head,...
U.S. Teen Miatta Shares Her Story On International Day For Zero Tolerance of FGM
Today is The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Typically taking place during rite of passage ceremonies into womanhood, FGM is ultimately a way to control girls’ and...
Report: Ending Sexism In Nationality Laws
Imagine then what it is like to be born without a nationality or to be denied the citizenship of your mother, or at times your father, because of discrimination in...
Celebrating The Africa-led Movement To End FGM In One Generation
Across the African continent, people are coming together to abandon this violence against women and girls. Equality Now is a founding partner of a new campaign to support work to...