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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.

Unlock Women’s Potential. Unlock the World.

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 and 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

The Belém do Pará Convention at 30: Commitments to Accelerate its Implementation at the XI Conference of States Parties

The IX Conference of States Parties to the Follow-up Mechanism to the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and ...

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Leveraging Sexual Violence Laws for Survivor Justice: Rethinking Accountability 

During a recent LinkedIn Live event hosted by Equality Now titled “Leveraging Sexual Violence Laws for Survivor Justice: A Conversation on Accountability,” impassioned legal experts ...

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Women As Weapons of War: The Role of International Mechanisms to Eliminate Sexual Violence in Conflict

As we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, warring parties must make it clear to all combatants that committing ...

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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.