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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.

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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 2023, we helped to change 14 laws in 12 countries, spanning 4 continents

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In 2023, our contributions to changing laws improved access to justice for 39.2 million women and girls worldwide

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In 2023, we galvanized the movement by sharing our feminist legal expertise during 76 trainings and workshops

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

21 reasons why the Maputo Protocol is beneficial to women and girls in Africa

21 years ago, African States adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women (Maputo Protocol), heralding a new era in the women’s rights movement ...

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Gender Equality in Progress: Equality Now at the 56th UN Human Rights Council

What is the United Nations Human Rights Council?  The Human Rights Council is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the world, including by making ...

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What’s happening with the FGM law in the Gambia? 

The law against female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Gambia is at risk. Current attempts to repeal the anti-FGM law were ignited by a few religious leaders and National Assembly members after the first prosecution and convictions ...

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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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Gender Inequality In Family Laws In Africa: An Overview Of Key Trends In Select Countries

13 May 2024

This Report assesses the current status of family laws in 20 African countries, analyzing their compliance with the Maputo Pr...

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I need the ERA because...LGBTQ+ rights are human rights 

28 June 2023

Because discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation is sex discrimination, the ERA will make it much...

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Briefing Paper: Deepfake Image-Based Sexual Abuse, Tech Facilitated Sexual Exploitation and the Law 

17 January 2024

Deepfake image-based sexual abuse represents a growing and alarming form of tech-facilitated sexual exploitation and abuse t...

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.