There is still time to take part in International Women’s Day. We put together three quick ways you can support women and girls today!
1. Under a new proposed bill in Iraq, the government would pay five million Dinar (approx. £3046/$4250 US) to married men who take on additional wives who are widows, divorced or 30+ year old virgins!
If this legislation passes there is a serious possibility of women being treated as objects for men's financial gain as well as increased polygamy. This follows a November 2017 bill that could result in girls being married off as young as nine. Help make sure that the Speaker of the House does not support either of the bills!
2. For more than a decade, the United States has failed to pass the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). This legislation would ensure a comprehensive US foreign policy strategy on gender-based violence and focus resources more efficiently and effectively.
Help make 2018 the year it finally passes! US supporters, make sure your Congressional Representatives co-sponsor and pass I-VAWA.
3. In Tunisia, Halima struggles to feed her children and sick husband. Meanwhile her brothers are enjoying vacations using money from their father’s inheritance. Why? Because under Tunisian law, daughters receive half of what son’s receive -- and often are pressured to give even that up (as Halima was).
Please join the Tunisian National Coalition for Equality in Inheritance in calling for an end to sex discriminatory inheritance laws!
On 10 March, the Coalition - including Equality Now - will march on Parliament so that “Tunisia, the country of revolution, also becomes the country of Women’s Rights!”
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