Equality Now is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.
During my internship, I primarily worked for Equality Now's program officer, Caroline Muthoni Muriithion. The projects I worked on included: Research memos dealing with human trafficking throughout sub-saharan Africa, and specific country cases dealing with the World Cup/South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya. This was a very comprehensive project. We outlined current laws in each country, the situation in each, and the relevant treaty status of nations dealing with trafficking issues. We also conducted research on sporting events and prostitution/trafficking. And we conducted research on the legalization of prostitution and implications for women's rights/trafficking issues.
On the topic of FGM/Female Genital Mutilation, we were involved in advocacy, research and writing legal memos. We met with local leaders, did legal research for various nations, and drafted/edited action updates for dissemination to action network members. Working primarily with Equality Now's Grassroot Fund against FGM, we tracked organizations working on FGM in Kenya.
Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Community Justice research dealing with whether Equality Now can bring a case before the court for human rights violations dealing with Mali's failure to implement national legislation to protect women and girls from FGM. I also researched various organizations Equality Now could partner with for such endeavors, or organizations that may have brought cases to the court in past.
I researched and completed a memo about rape laws in Sudan and did research about other organizations working to change the criminal code in Sudan.
I also did miscellaneous projects for Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) and various other women's rights issues, such as domestic violence, teacher defilement, and the failures of the justice system to address legal needs of women and children.