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.Read more
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 the pandemic and what can be done to address the challenges.Read more
CEDAW: 2020 Submission on General Recommendation on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration
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 and Girls in the Context of Global Migration.
The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and exacerbating gender inequalities around the world. Each week, we are sharing insights from Equality Now experts about how women’s and girls’ lives are being affected by the pandemic and what can be done to address the challenges.Read more
In this time of upheaval, we are seeing new depths and dimensions to our global sisterhood. The women’s rights movement is responding to COVID-19 with strength, humanity, and kindness. We will come out on the other side of this understanding more about ourselves, each other, and what we are capable of achieving together.Read more
The inequality, discrimination and poverty disproportionately experienced by: women and girls; marginalized racial, ethnic, and socially excluded communities; migrants; and LGBTQ+ people can lead to a greater risk of sexual exploitation.
Trafficking for sexual exploitation also referred to as sex trafficking, is the illegal trafficking of humans for the purposes of sexual exploitation. It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world, worth nearly $99 billion each year, and women and girls are disproportionately affected. According to the UNODC, 94% of victims of sexual exploitation are women and girls.
Ever-increasing connectivity and online anonymity are making it easier to groom, recruit and sexually exploit with impunity. Anonymity, as well as very limited regulation, enables exploiters to easily come into contact with potential victims.
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 important as the instances of online sexual exploitation are increasing. Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable.Read more