Harmful practices involve a violation of international human rights law, as the right to culture and freedom of religion cannot limit the fundamental right to equality and non-discrimination. Despite the UN calling for the worldwide elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, many countries still do not have adequate laws and policies in place to protect women and girls.
Women’s Rights & Climate Change: Laila Amili – Morocco
At the United Nations 2022 Climate Change Conference in Egypt, there are mounting calls for women to be guaranteed a principa…
We lead global campaigns against harmful practices, pushing for states to enact and implement effective laws and to be held accountable to their international obligations.
Collaborating with our network of regional partners, we strengthen grassroots efforts by amplifying the voices of local activists to leaders, policymakers, and citizens everywhere.
Explore our work to end harmful practices
Amplifying the Voices of Survivors of Child Marriage in Georgia
Though many in Georgia may consider child marriage to be a thing of the past, a 2018 UNICEF report found that among women in ...
We change and defend laws
We use strategic litigation to hold governments around the world accountable for their obligations to fully protect women and girls against female genital mutilation (FGM).
In 2021, we helped successfully defend anti-FGM law in Kenya following a High Court challenge to the constitutionality of the Prohibition of the Female Genital Mutilation Act, 2011. This case alone will secure protection for hundreds of thousands of women and girls.
We promote collaboration
We champion a collaborative approach to ending all harmful practices, convening and supporting key state and non-state actors while also strengthening grassroots efforts.
In 2022, we published a landmark report on the success to date of the multi-sectoral approach against FGM in Africa, to encourage best practice and facilitate its adoption by others. We have supported 23 African countries to adopt a multi-sectoral approach to FGM.
We make evident the global reality of FGM
We ensure the voices and stories of survivors everywhere are heard and acted upon by leaders, policy makers, the UN, law enforcement officials and the general public.
In 2020, we published a report showing FGM being practiced 92 countries, highlighting cases in countries such US, Iran and Singapore where the issue is little known or ignored. This has contributed to a shift in approach towards addressing FGM as a global issue with the report being cited by the UN Secretary General and in UN strategies to end FGM.
Our impact in focus: Changing minds and changing laws in Sierra Leone
News and resources
Read the latest news and insights
January 19, 2024
LUSAKA – Zambia, January 18, 2024 – In a momentous stride towards safeguarding children’s rights, Zambia’s pa...
January 8, 2024
Uganda’s 1995 Constitution – the supreme law of the country – sets the legal age of marriage at 18 years old....
Prolonged Droughts Are Putting Girls in Kenya at Heightened Risk of Child Marriage and Other Human Rights Abuses
December 11, 2023
By Tara Carey, Global Head of Media, Equality Now In Kajiado County, a drought-stricken region along Kenya’s border with Ta...
Browse our key resources
Ending Child Marriage in Eastern and Southern Africa: Challenges in Implementing Domestic Laws and the SADC Model Law on Child Marriage
22 August 2023
The Eastern and Southern African region has some of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with an estimated 31% o...
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Call For A Global Response
17 March 2020
Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is internationally recognized as a gross violation of human rights, a form of viole...
Courage: Survivors of child marriage in Georgia share their stories
07 December 2020
This publication tells the stories of seven women, victims of violence, who were forced to marry as children. Some were able ...
Reporting on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – Global Edition
27 September 2022
This toolkit is for media professionals. It provides guidelines on how to report on female genital mutilation (FGM) in a gend...
Use of the Multi-Sectoral Approach to Ending Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in Africa
23 March 2022
Gender-based violence (GBV) often referred to as “violence against women” is considered as any harmful act that is perpet...
I need the ERA because...a girl is not a wife - Child marriage
26 August 2022
It is estimated by Unchained at Last that about 300,000 children were married in the United States between 2000 and 2018, the...
I need the ERA because... I have the right to bodily integrity - FGM
26 August 2022
Despite the prevalence of the practice in the USA and the persisting risk to many women and girls, 20% of American states do ...
Voices and stories
Learn from the people we work with
What you can do
Changing the world begins when people like you speak out against injustice. Find out more about how you can get involved with our work today.