Equality Now and Women's March Global strategic partnership is a powerful one that utilities the legal and research based knowledge that Equality Now is renowned for and the mobilisation and grassroots presence that Women's March Global has built. Through the course of the partnership, two major joint campaigns have been launched in the Global South with more focus areas evolving for future joint actions.
Equality Now, in collaboration with Sudanese activists have worked to free Noura Hussein. Noura - a young Sudanese girl who forced into marriage at the age of 16 and was raped by her husband. When he tried to rape Noura again - he died in a struggle over the knife Noura had picked up to defend herself. Noura was sentenced to death. Equality Now and Womens March Global through media and digital outreach was able to drive hundreds of thousands of signatures to a petition calling for her release. The international pressure helped local campaigners and legal representatives in the region to get the death sentence revoked and a shorter sentence. We continue to work to get absolute freedom for Noura.
In true partnership, Women's March Global and Equality Now are continuing efforts in this campaign working to free arrested Saudi Activists and call attention to continued women's rights issues in the Saudi Kingdom. Local activists are accessing Equality Now's legal expertise and the grassroots network of Women's March Global to engage with representatives in civil society and the United Nations and spread awareness of the campaign.
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