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2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most challenging years of our generation. We need to take stock of the lessons learned and use the urgency that this year has presented to bring reforms to upend the systems that hold girls and women back and stay on-track to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.


Gender-based violence is persistent in all countries and regions of the world. The impact of such violence – including femicide, domestic violence, and psychological abuse – on girls’ and women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health is profound. Our Bending the Curve research shows that globally there has been virtually no progress on ensuring women feel safe – the trendline is almost flat. If current rates continue, it will take more than six generations for all girls and women to feel safe walking at night. 


Join our 16 days of activism campaign which kicked off on 25 November until 10 December, World Human Rights Day, as we call for action against one of the world’s most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women. 


As we wind down the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our funders, our committed partners who work tirelessly to drive change for women and girls in their countries and regions, and our ardent supporters who help to amplify our message even further. May 2021 bring more promise for girls and women as we continue on this journey of advancing gender equality.


Stay safe. 


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Alison Holder


Equal Measures 2030

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Feminist organisations are powerful when it comes to advocating for policies that empower and support girls' and women's rights. But how can they leverage the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to advance gender equality at the national, regional and international level?


Our team members Paula Trujillo and Aarushi Khanna spoke to Sai Jyothirmai Racherla (Sai), Deputy Executive Director, the Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), EM2030’s regional partner in Asia to learn more about the opportunities and experiences of feminist organizations in the SDG process.


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Even 40 years after the enactment of the current Child Marriage Prohibition Act, the number of young women to be married under 18 remains extremely high in India. Progress has been strong but not fast enough to eliminate the practise by 2030.


So why is the government looking to revise the age of marriage law? Find out more in this latest piece by Aarushi Khanna and the team at Sahaj.

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Our partner, CLADEM, launched ‘Bending the Curve Towards Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2030’ using five indicators to analyze how countries in the region are advancing (or moving backwards) towards achieving gender equality on key issues related to the economic, political, social and reproductive rights of girls and women, including their right to live free from violence.


The main conclusion of the report is that none of the 21 countries in the region included in the SDG Gender Index will achieve these gender equality targets by 2030 if progress continues at the current pace.


What do these findings mean for the region? We spoke with Julia Escalante de Haro CLADEM regional coordinator to find out more.

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We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Tableau Foundation, a philanthropic initiative of Tableau Software. This partnership brings with it an exciting new fellowship for 15 women data journalists in India and Kenya to gain skills and experience to tell stories through data that can make meaningful change for women and girls.


16 days of activism continue


The campaign kicked off on 25th November and will run until 10th December.


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