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I need the ERA because… one in three women experience violence in her lifetime – Gender Based Violence

85% of UN Member States in the world have constitutions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex and/or gender. The United States is not one of them.

Over their lifetime, one in six American women will experience sexual violence. Data shows that marginalized communities, such as indigenous women, Black women, and young women will be disproportionately affected and have a harder time seeking and obtaining justice.

Despite the pervasiveness of these crimes, state and federal laws are often insufficient, inconsistent, and not systematically enforced, leaving women and girls vulnerable to GBV.

As part of our I Need the ERA because campaign, launched to mark Women’s Equality Day 2022, we take a closer look at how the ERA would help move the needle on four crucial issues for women and girls, including gender based violence.

Explore our factsheet on how the ERA would impact laws relating to gender based violence in the United States.


I need the ERA because…reproductive rights are human rights – Abortion

By rightfully framing access to reproductive healthcare, including access to legal abortion, as fundamental to ensuring gende…


I need the ERA because…a girl is not a wife – Child marriage

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

Despite the prevalence of the practice in the USA and the persisting risk to many women and girls, 20% of American states do …


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

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