Equality Now

Advocating for legal protection

Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya
2015 - 2020

Equality Now is a legal advocacy organisation that uses a combination of national, regional and international human rights law to secure justice and protection for women and girls at risk of harmful practices. HDF funds contributed to Equality Now’s success in retaining a global indicator on FGM/C in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, and advocacy for laws that protect girls and criminalise FGM/C in 3 core countries – Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.


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What works to prevent sexual violence against children?

The data is clear: Sexual violence affects girls and boys in every country around the world. For far too long it has been a silent pandemic, with little awareness of the scope, scale, and consequences of the problem or understanding of potential solutions. That silence has allowed violence against children to perpetuate.

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TED talks ending violence against children

The challenge to end violence against children took centre stage at TEDSummit 2019 in Edinburgh. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of End Violence Against Children, explored the truly devastating scale of violence against children and the truly unprecendented opportunity we all…

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Leaders call for action at first ever African Summit to end FGM and child marriage

Speaking at the plenary opening session attended by more than 300 participants, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “There is nothing that can justify these practices. No religious or cultural belief or medical reason…

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