Jacqui Hunt
Jacqui Hunt runs the London office of Equality Now. A lawyer who trained and worked with international law firm, Linklaters, she started her professional career with Amnesty International, working in campaigning and research at the United Nations and in press and special projects. She joined the Board of Equality Now in 1992, the year of its founding, and was later asked to start the London office, which she opened in 2004. Jacqui has a masters’ degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and speaks some French, German and Spanish.

Entries by Jacqui Hunt

France Bans Purchase of Sex

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2016 | (12:33)

On Wednesday, France voted for gender equality by making the purchase of commercial sex illegal, while decriminalising and providing exiting services and support to people in prostitution. It was a conclusive verdict, with 64 politicians voting in favour and 12 voting against the new bill.

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How Governments Can Ensure #JusticeForGirls

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (12:23)

Sexual violence against girls is a global phenomenon. For many, their childhood and teenage years are particularly difficult, with abuses such as "child marriage", female genital mutilation (FGM), sex trafficking and other forms of violence causing often irreparable damage and limiting their access to education, health...

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Why Are Countries Taking So Long to Change Their #Unsexylaws?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (23:00)

Sex discriminatory laws range from those which permit marital rape or enable a kidnapper to avoid prosecution if he marries his victim, to those which do not allow a woman to pass on her nationality to her children or demand that she obeys her husband.  Such laws...

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Child Marriage Sets Girls Up for a Lifetime of Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2014 | (14:17)

Khadijetou was born in Mauritania in 2002 and was force-fed from the age of 7. In 2010, she was married to a man, 10 years older than her father.

At the time of her wedding, she was extremely overweight. Khadijetou fell pregnant in 2011 and gave birth by cesarean...

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Where Will Backroom Leveson Negotiations Leave Women?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (18:20)

The editors of the Independent, Guardian and Financial Times have "appealed to their industry colleagues to show greater transparency and abandon "closed-door negotiations" over Lord Justice Leveson's proposals for reforming the press". It has been reported that this could be a critical week in the talks on Leveson -...

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Debunking the Myths: Why Legalising Prostitution Is a Terrible Idea

(104) Comments | Posted 4 March 2013 | (23:00)

Various myths are rolled-out in relation to the supposed benefits of legalising or decriminalising prostitution. The logic often goes that prostitution is the 'oldest profession' and will always exist, so it would be better for the women involved if everything was in plain sight and regulated. It is argued that by doing...

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Is an End to Media Sexism in Sight? Meeting the Future of Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted 8 February 2013 | (14:04)

In January 2012, Equality Now and partners Eaves, Object, Turn Your Back on Page 3 and the End Violence Against Women Coalition presented testimony and submissions to the Leveson Inquiry using everyday examples to highlight the pervasive sexual objectification and harmful representation...

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Kyrgyz President Signs Bride Kidnapping Bill Into Law

(0) Comments | Posted 1 February 2013 | (14:25)

The president of Kyrgyzstan, Mr Almazbek Atambayev, has signed into law a bill which increases the maximum prison sentence for bride kidnapping from three to seven years. If the kidnapped girl is younger than 17 (the minimum legal age for marriage), the punishment is up to ten years.

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Global Nationality Review: The Real Human Cost of Discriminatory Laws

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2013 | (17:26)

A new worldwide report by Equality Now demands that nationality and citizenship laws, which discriminate on the basis of sex, should be urgently revised in line with international legal obligations.

The fact that many governments continue to deny women equal rights to confer citizenship on their children...

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Ending Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls: The Global Tipping Point

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2013 | (10:26)

The world is once again at a stage where a single dramatic event might be the impetus for revolutionary change on a global level.

Something fundamental was altered in the global mindset after a 23-year-old woman was raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi last month.  Although rape...

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Ending Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: The Global Movement Towards Gender Equality

(7) Comments | Posted 27 December 2012 | (15:25)

To elaborate on Alexandra Topping's Guardian article relating to "politicians and women's groups back 'Nordic model'":

Millions of predominantly women and girls around the world are exploited in the commercial sex industry each year. This buying and selling of sex is often intrinsically linked to sex trafficking.

Earlier this month,...

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