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Unless governments fix their laws on rape and sexual assault and implement them effectively and sensitively, we are unlikely to see an end to the worldwide abuse of women and girls anytime soon.
- Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director, Equality Now

31 May 2017 UPDATE: A huge thank you to everyone who signed on to our #theworldsshame petition -- on our site or via Global Citizen -- demanding that governments address the global epidemic of rape and sexual assault! We sent 11,000+ signatures to Ministers of Justice and UN Ambassadors in advance of UN Human Rights Council session starting 6 June in Geneva, Switzerland. And, we’re already receiving responses! The Lithuanian Ambassador alerted us that he had elevated it to government officials at home. We hope other governments will follow his example and urgently act to fix the world’s failing rape laws.

View the petition and signatures.


Rape and sexual abuse are everyday violent occurrences -- affecting close to a billion women and girls over their lifetimes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. According to UNICEF, around 120 million girls worldwide, just over 1 in 10, have experienced “forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts” at some point in their lives. Everyone reading this is likely to have either survived, or to know someone who has experienced, some form of sexual violence. 

However, despite the pervasiveness of these crimes, laws are insufficient, inconsistent, not systematically enforced and, sometimes, promote violence.

If it were a medical disease, sexual violence would have the serious attention and the funding to address it, from governments and independent donors alike. In our February 2017 advocacy report, The World’s Shame – The Global Rape Epidemic: How Laws Around the World are Failing to Protect Women and Girls from Sexual Violence, we identify seven key gaps in global rape laws and call on governments and policymakers to fix them and to ensure justice for survivors of sexual violence.

Add your voice to the call! Please sign our petition which will be delivered to governments before the June 2017 UN Human Rights Council meeting!


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