Equality Now Report: The Global Rape Epidemic

Equality Now has released a report on the “Global Rape Epidemic” looking at how laws around the world are failing to protect women and girls from sexual violence.

“Around the world, rape and sexual abuse are everyday violent occurrences — affecting close to a billion women and girls over their lifetimes. However, despite the pervasiveness of these crimes, laws are insufficient, inconsistent, not systematically enforced and, sometimes, promote violence.”
  • 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence (WHO)
  • 20 million girls worldwide, just over 1 in 10, have experienced “forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts” at some point in their lives (UNICEF)

This week Women’s March Global released our second of 5 actions to EndVAW (Violence Against Women). In partnership with Equality Now, Women’s March Global has launched a mini-course called “The Law and Sexual Violence.” For our first mini-course on sexual violence laws, we spoke with Jacqui Hunt on Equality Now’s Global Rape Report.

Courses will be conducted online, every Wednesday, on Women’s March Global’s Facebook page, for the month of March.

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Course attendees will receive special weekly emails with course summaries and have access to resources and notes related to the course. See below for the complete schedule.

WMG Mini-Course Schedule with Equality Now:
March 13: “Sexual Violence Laws in the MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) Region.”
March 20: “Coming Together Against Sexual Violence in Bolivia.”
March 27: “Sexual Violence Laws in Eurasia and Africa.”


Read Equality Now’s report on the “Global Rape Epidemic” here.

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Maya Hendler is an Intern at Women’s March Global.