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Social change often begins with legal change and so we use the power of the law to create enduring equality for women and girls everywhere.

WHAT WE DO

At Equality Now, we believe in creating a just world for women and girls. Since 1992, our international network of lawyers, activists and supporters have tackled the most difficult issues, challenged ingrained cultural assumptions and called out inequality wherever we see it.

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In 2022 we made 30 expert submissions to the UN and regional bodies advocating for law and policy reform

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In 2022 we worked in tandem with 147 partners worked across 34 countries.

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Almost 55% of the discriminatory laws we’ve highlighted since 1999 have been fully or partially reformed

EXPLORE OUR WORK

A lack of legal equality promotes violence and discrimination, yet almost every country in the world has laws that treat people differently on the basis of sex and/or gender.

Sexual exploitation, a form of sexual abuse, is when someone abuses or attempts to abuse another person’s vulnerability or their own position of power or trust for sexual purposes.

Sexual violence is a human rights violation that predominantly affects women and girls as a consequence of systemic and structural inequality.

The term 'harmful practices' covers forms of violence or ritual discrimination, primarily committed against girls and women, that have become culturally normalized.

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Join Equality Now's international network of changemakers, from government ministers and UN bodies to civil society and human rights lawyers, to learn from one another and drive forward the vital work to make gender equality a reality.

Latest News and Insights

Global Best Practices in Combating Forced Marriage

Abducted, raped, forced to marry her rapist. Murdered when trying to escape the marriage she never wanted. Forced into marriage for promises of ‘financial security.’ These experiences happened in three different countries, in ...

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Parliament to Consider Landmark Draft Law that Aims to Prevent Child Marriage in Lebanon

In light of the move by the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee in Lebanon to discuss a draft law that aims to unify the age of marriage and prevent marriages for those under 18 years ...

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None of us can afford to sit back and wait for equality to arrive – we need to act now.

With the power of your support, we can challenge injustice; we can stand against sexual violence; we can protect and advance hard-won rights, and we can amplify the voices of survivors – so every girl can enjoy the safety, choice, and respect she deserves.

None of us can afford to sit back and wait for equality to arrive – we need to act now.

With the power of your support, we can challenge injustice; we can stand against sexual violence; we can protect and advance hard-won rights, and we can amplify the voices of survivors – so every girl can enjoy the safety, choice, and respect she deserves.

Our Resource Center

Explore in-depth resources on women’s rights issues, including sexual violence, sexual exploitation, harmful practices, and legal discrimination from our expert network of lawyers and activists.

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Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee over the USA’s Failure to Uphold the Rights of Women and Girls in all their Diversity

19 October 2023

The United States of America is violating its international legal obligations by failing to uphold the human rights of women ...

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Twenty Years of the Maputo Protocol: Where Are We Now?

04 July 2023

On July 11 2003, African heads of state and government representatives gathered in Maputo, Mozambique, to adopt one of the mo...

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Sexual Violence and Disability in Kyrgyzstan: Law, Policy, Practice and Access to Justice

28 May 2023

Globally, an estimated 736 million women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence, non-partner...

Listen to our podcast We Change the Rules

A bold, six-part audio series, hosted by Samira Ahmed, exploring the history and global impact of legal inequality on women and girls. We Change the Rules is essential listening for anyone interested in achieving legal, political, and systematic gender equality everywhere.