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Teen Vogue: Give Us Images of Real Girls!

July 25, 2012


Via  SIGN THIS PETITION This past May, we staged our own photo shoot outside Seventeen Magazine’s Manhattan office; real girls demanding to see real girls in the pages of magazines. We were there with our co-SPARKteam member Julia to ask Seventeen to print one unaltered photo spread a month in their magazine. Teen girl-targeting […]

Orange Day to End Violence against Women and Girls

July 25, 2012


The Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign proclaims every 25th of the month as Orange Day! The first in a series of Orange Days will be launched on 25 July, and will be repeated every consecutive month leading up to the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women to be […]

Free Pussy Riot!

July 22, 2012


Three young women are being detained by Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group “Pussy Riot”. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in March 2012 and charged with “hooliganism”. If found guilty, they could be jailed for up to 7 years. […]

PETITION: Govts. of Afghanistan US, UK, Germany & Japan: Afghan woman publicly executed – bring the killers to justice

July 21, 2012


A public execution of an Afghan woman has taken place in Afghanistan. A video shows a woman kneeling down in the dirt and being shot five times at close range by a man. The 150 or so men, who watch, cheer the execution. Video:, at the conference in Tokyo, attended by representatives from over […]

Equality Now calls on the Government of Pakistan to Protect 16 year old Gang-rape Victim Uzma Ayub and Ensure Justice in her Case

June 22, 2012


Printer-friendly version Date: 15 Dec 2011 Update Date: 2012 Jun 22 Update: UPDATE 22 June 2012: On 19 June, the Peshawar High Court in Pakistan dismissed its December 2011 inquiry into this case. The court found that the DNA test results of Uzma’s baby did not match the men implicated in the gang-rape. In addition, […]

Continued Call for the Repeal of Saudi Arabia’s Fatwa on Women Driving

June 17, 2012


UPDATE June 2012: Saudi activists have been advocating for the right to drive for over twenty years with the most recent effort being the Women2Drive mass driving campaign launched in 2011. 17 June 2012 marks a year since the start of the Women2Drive campaign; however the government has still not taken action to give women […]

Yemen: End child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law

May 21, 2012


Printer-friendly version Action Number: 34.3 Date: 21 May 2012 view as pdf Wafa, child bride The 2011 revolution in Yemen led to a change in government that women hoped would result in improved lives for them and their children. During the protests women played important roles, as evidenced by the awarding of the 2011 Nobel […]

Egypt: Stop the lowering of the minimum age of marriage for girls in Egypt

May 8, 2012


Egypt’s People’s Assembly Council is currently discussing legislation that would reduce the minimum age of marriage for girls from 18 to possibly as low as 9 years old and could vote on the final draft bill at any moment. If adopted, girls could be married off by their families without their consent putting them at […]

United States: Call for zero tolerance on demand that fuels sex trafficking

May 1, 2012


Last month, 24 U.S. Secret Service and military personnel on government business in Cartagena, Colombia – a city identified by the U.S. government as a significant sex trafficking and sex tourism destination – allegedly “spent the night boozing and buying women” through a local brothel (see joint letters from U.S. and Colombian groups on potential […]

Morocco: End the legal exemption for rapists who marry their victims (Morroco)

March 28, 2012


Printer-friendly version Action Number: 41.1 Date: 28 Mar 2012 Update Date: 2012 May 17 Update: 15-year-old Safae from Tangiers was raped and impregnated in January 2011 when she was 14. Though she and her mother filed a complaint, according to recent reports they were pressured to drop the charges by the prosecutor and the judge. […]