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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


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'

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. 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

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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


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 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 Jan 01, 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. 

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 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 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 01, 2016

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! 

Blog May 26, 2016

Are U.S Doctors Practicing Female Genital Mutilation?

Anti-FGM Activist Jaha Dukureh And Equality Now Urgently Need Your Help!

Blog May 11, 2016

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...

Blog Apr 30, 2016

April 2016 Member News

A round-up of our latest stories.

Blog Mar 30, 2016

Women Creating Change

Women's History Month interview with Equality Now's Global Executive Director, Yasmeen Hassan. 

Blog Mar 09, 2016

Victory For Makeda!

Justice for Girls - a legal victory 15 years in the making!

Blog Mar 08, 2016

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.

Blog Feb 29, 2016

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,...

Blog Feb 06, 2016

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...

Blog Jan 25, 2016

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...

Blog Oct 10, 2014

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...