Our Approach

Equality Now combines grassroots activism with international, regional and
national legal advocacy to achieve legal and systemic change to benefit women and
girls, and works to ensure that governments enact and enforce laws and policies
that uphold women and girls’ human rights.
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Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization that works to protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world in the areas of Discrimination in Law, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sexual Violence and Trafficking, with a cross-cutting focus on Adolescent Girls. We envision a world where women and girls have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights.

Our Equality Action Network encompasses groups and individuals in almost every country in the world.

Campaigns Yield Results in 2013

  • U.S.: Operator of New York Big Apple
    Oriental Tours is convicted
    Sex Tourism
    Campaign began 1995
  • Saudi Arabia: Sold into marriage at age 12, Fatima was granted a divorce and the government reportedly proposed regulations to protect girls from child marriage
    Discrimination in Law/
    Sexual Violence
    Campaign began 2010
  • U.S.: Law enacted to criminalize the transportation of girls out of the U.S. to subject them to FGM
    FGM
    Campaign began 2010
  • Kyrgyzstan: Law against bride kidnapping is strengthened
    Sexual Violence
    Campaign began 2011
  • Liberia: High Court upholds the decision against the women who forcibly mutilated Ruth Berry Peale
    FGM
    Campaign began 2011
  • Morocco: Government proposes to overturn the law allowing rapists to go free by marrying their victims
    Discrimination in Law/
    Sexual Violence
    Campaign began 2012
  • Indonesia: UN Human Rights Committee calls for a law against FGM
    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    Campaign began 2012
  • Austria & Senegal: Laws changed to alleviate discrimination based on sex
    Discrimination in Law
    Campaign began 2012
  • UK: Government prioritizes the elimination of FGM, and Equality Now joins an expert task force to promote prosecutions under the anti-FGM law
    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    Campaign began 2012
  • Pakistan: Government provides compensation to the families of murdered human rights activists and NGO workers
    Violence
    Campaign began 2013
  • U.S.: The New York State Safe Harbor law extended to 16 and 17-year-old victims so that they are not treated as criminals
    Trafficking
    Campaign began 2013
  • U.S.: Government publicly recognizes the importance of engaging survivors in anti-trafficking efforts in its first Federal Strategic Action Plan on human trafficking
    Trafficking
    Campaign began 2013