Dalit women and girls are being subjected to widespread sexual violence and harassment says the National Council of Women Leaders, a new coalition of women from marginalised communities in India.

The National Council of Women Leaders (NCWL) is a newly established coalition bringing together from across India over 70 women…


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is internationally recognized as a gross human rights violation, a form of violence against women and girls deeply rooted in gender equality and discrimination.

FGM affects over 200 million women and girls around the world and can cause life-long physical and psychological trauma. It occurs in…


Saudi Arabia’s Specialised Criminal Court has sentenced Saudi women’s rights defender Loujain Al-Hathloul to five years and eight months in prison.

Having already spent 958 days in detention by the time her trial ended, Loujain’s sentence includes a suspension of two years and ten months in addition to the time…


“She was a Valmiki like us, from a landless and poor family like ours. They raped her, brutalised her and when she died, they burnt her body without the consent of her family. …


The theme for Human Rights Day 2020 focuses on the impact of COVID-19 and the need to address failures exposed and exploited by the global pandemic. …


Mala Mala Puerto Rican documentary film, directed by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles

In honor of Pride Month, international women’s rights organization Equality Now has rounded up of recommendations from our staff and supporters of books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, that act as a megaphone for LGBTQ+ rights.

Books

The Paths of Marriage by Mala Kumar
Lakshmi, a bright student who grew…


By Tsitsi Matekaire, Global Lead for Equality Now’s End Sex Trafficking program

In Malawi, Mary* was only 14 years old when she was recruited and trafficked to the city of Blantyre and sold for sex in a bar. A man had arrived in her village looking for girls to work…


Jenny, who underwent Female Genital Mutilation as a five-year-old in the United States

Born and raised in a conservative, white household in the United States, Jenny was five years old when her parents arranged for her and her sister to undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a harmful practice involving the partial or complete removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.

The Center…


Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C) is happening in far more countries around the world than widely acknowledged, and the number of women and girls who are affected is woefully underestimated, finds a new global report.

FGM/C is occurring in at least 92 countries, but only 51 (55%) have specific…


A new report by Equality Now highlights laws in countries around the world that discriminate on the basis of sex and treat women and girls as second class citizens.

Almost every country in the world is failing to live up to the pledges they have made to eradicate explicitly sex…

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