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Our Impact

Since 1992, our international network of lawyers, activists, and supporters has held governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence & harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) & child marriage.

Women’s rights have come a long way in the last thirty years, and we’re proud of our part in that.

Reforming discriminatory laws. Almost 60% of the discriminatory laws we’ve highlighted since 1999 have been fully or partially reformed.

Ensuring the law frames sexual violence in line with human rights standards. Since the release of our 2017 report, The World’s Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic, we’ve continued to analyze gaps in laws regionally and engaged in international and regional mechanisms to hold governments accountable.

Enshrining protection from trafficking in international law. In 2001, we led a coalition for the passage of the Palermo Protocol, the leading international guide to combating trafficking. We continue to contribute to creating and sustaining gendered narratives on sex trafficking and sexual exploitation at the international level, and calling for the UN to ensure that its policies are in alignment with international law.

Our impact in 2022


At Equality Now, we believe that legal equality is critical for achieving gender equality and creating a better world for everyone.

In 2022, we continued to call out discriminatory laws and set better precedents through strategic litigation while stepping up our focus on collaboration by bringing diverse partners together around common causes, amplifying grassroots efforts and giving those most profoundly affected by inequality a more powerful collective voice. We are proud of everything we achieved in 2022. 

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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

With your support, we will continue to use the power of the law to challenge governments to end systematic discrimination, creating enduring equality for women and girls everywhere.

Explore our latest impact reports

annual reports

2022 Impact Report

At Equality Now, we believe that legal equality is critical for achieving gender equality and creating a better world for eve...

annual reports

2021 Impact Report

2021 was another challenging year for people and organizations around the globe. As the initial shock of the COVID-19 pandemi...

annual reports

2020 Impact Report

What a year 2020 has been. As COVID-19 has swept the globe, precious lives have been lost, inequalities laid bare, plans put ...