Equality Now Celebrates 20 Years In The Struggle For Global Women's Rights
The global women's rights organization Equality Now, which is based in the city, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.
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Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are saluting Equality Now for 20 years of defending girls and women's rights. Yasmeen Hassan, the group's global director, says the group has made enormous strides.
"When we were started in 1992, the reason was women's and girls rights were not being taken seriously and not being seen as a mater of international concern," says Hassan. "Twenty years later, things have changed, significantly."
Over the last two decades, Equality Now has taken on cases involved the oppression of women and girls in countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Kenya.
The group also produces films like "Africa Rising," which focuses on ending female genital mutilation.
"We still have gross violations of the human rights of girls and women all over the world including right here at home in the United States, but now governments can't act in secret anymore," says activist Pamela Shifman.
Equality Now works with grassroots organizations all over the world and targets discriminatory laws that suppress the rights of girls and women.
While there has been significant progress, there are also fears the unstable economy can lead to a backlash.
"Right now there's an economic downturn around the world, which has led to a downturn on women's rights," says Hassan.
So at year 20, Equality Now activists say they still have much more work to do. To learn more about the organization and its upcoming anniversary celebration, visit equalitynow.org.