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Ending violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide.
Ending violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide.

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Leading Anti-FGM campaigner, Nimco Ali, Founder of Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates and New Statesman Deputy Editor, Helen Lewis, will join Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, to discuss why governments need to ensure legal equality for women and men and an end to #UnsexyLaws

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In 1995, 189 governments pledged to end sex discrimination in the law as a major step towards gender equality. It’s 2015 and we’re still waiting. Hold governments accountable to promises they made 20 years ago at the historic UN 4th World Conference on Women.

Take Action to put an end to #UnsexyLaws!

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Plz read/share/participate! Thank you to ALL of you for your continued efforts to #BringBackOurGirls!! 

“Girls are our future. Extremists know this and want to deprive the world of the hope adolescent girls embody. This is not only about Nigeria – it is about protecting the rights of every girl, everywhere to reach her fullest potential without the threat of violence.”
-Equality Now

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#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS google hangout happening now...

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PLEASE SIGN & SHARE URGENTLY! In August 2013, a 19-year-old pregnant divorced Ethiopian woman was lured to an empty property and brutally gang-raped by a group of seven men in Sudan. After a disturbing film of the rape surfaced online in January 2014, the authorities arrested everyone involved, including the victim. She was subsequently charged her with ‘offending public morality’ and found guilty of committing indecent acts – by being raped. She has since been sentenced to prison time, levied a hefty fine, and now faces possible deportation and charges under legal provisions that deal with adultery (zina), which criminalizes pregnant unmarried women – even divorcees. The rapists, who confessed to the crime, were sentenced to lashes and fines.

Urgent action is needed! An appeal has been filed on the victim’s behalf against the new criminal charges, and a court hearing on the immigration charges has been scheduled for 2 April, 2014.

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PLEASE SIGN & SHARE! Since 1995, Equality Now has been working to end the violent and abusive practice of child marriage. It is a human rights violation, often following from and leading to further human rights violations. When a young girl is married and gives birth, the vicious cycle of poverty, poor health, curtailed education, violence, instability, disregard for rule of law and legal and other discrimination often continues into the next generation, especially for any daughters she may have.

At the top levels of the United Nations, as well as by human rights organizations and civil society, ending child marriage has been identified as an important target in ending poverty and creating sustainable development. Therefore, as governments discuss new post 2015 development frameworks, the time is now for a global commitment to end child, early and forced marriage.

Please sign our petition below calling on governments to work together to make the elimination of child marriage a global priority. Equality Now will deliver the petition to all governments attending the June 2014 UN Human Rights Council session and other high level UN meetings where child marriage and post 2015 development agendas will be addressed.

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