Ending sexual violence against women and girls

Our Goals

Ending sexual violence against women & girls

Improving legal systems so that survivors of sexual violence have full access to justice, with a special focus on adolescent girls

Campaigns

Kyrgyzstan: Strengthen laws against bride kidnapping and forced marriage

In January, Kyrgyz President Atambayev signed into law a bill which increased penalties for bride kidnapping.

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Morocco: End forced marriage after rape and stop child marriage

The Moroccan Ministry of Justice & Liberties approved amendments to the Penal Code to overturn the law (Article 475) being used to allow rapists to go free by marrying their victims.

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Saudi Arabia: Establish a minimum age of marriage

Fatima, who had been sold in marriage to a 50-year-old man at age 12 by her father, was officially granted a divorce in February.

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Zambia: Address sexual violence against girls

Guidelines for systems to prevent violence against girls in schools were presented to the Zambian Ministry of Education upon completion of this multi-year project.

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Excellence in the Field
Steering Committee and
Advocacy Working Group Co-Chair for the Coalition for Adolescent Girls


Testimonials

Shaheen Quresh President, Blue Veins Peshawar, Pakistan

The doors of Equality Now are always open. They solicit and welcome input from partner organizations working at the grassroots level on issues of mutual concern.

We’ve worked well with Equality Now on issues relating to child marriage, ending violence and discrimination against women and the safety and protection of Human Rights Defenders. We are grateful for their generous support which enabled us to raise and highlight individual cases of pervasive and severe violations against women and girls in a better and more effective way. The unique aspect of working with them is that they assist with technical support and expertise which is often more needed than money and can make a great difference. They are always accessible and responded to our every request to help amplify our voices at the policy level. The doors of Equality Now are always open. They solicit and welcome input from partner organizations working at the grassroots level on issues of mutual concern. With its amazing reach, Equality Now has the ability to influence and reach audiences in many parts of the world. We admire our trusting and cooperative relationship with them which they have also extended to hundreds of women organizations across the globe. Equality Now is on a quest that ignites their own energy and that of others.

Blue Veins was formed in 1999 to promote the rights of women in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Pakistan. It was founded on the belief that that every woman, regardless of her status in life, has an inherent right to dignity. To enjoy this dignity, her human rights must be affirmed.