Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence. Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to complete eliminate such practices.

Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

A Woman's Voice International

Honolulu HI USA G

African Association of Women in Geosciences

AAWG 1995 El Jadida Morocco D y International Federations

African Women in Leadership Organisation

AWLO Lagos Nigeria J

African Women's League

Brussels Belgium G

All Pakistan Women's Association

APWA 1949 Karachi Pakistan G

Alliance for Arab Women

AAW 1987 Cairo Egypt D v

Anglican Women's Fellowship

1965 Marshalltown South Africa F

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

2002 Kolkata India G

Arab International Women's Forum

AIWF 2001 London UK F

Arab Regional Resource Center on Violence Against Women

AMAN 2000 Amman Jordan G

Arab Women Investors Union

AWIU 2005 Giza Egypt D

Armenian International Women's Association

AIWA 1991 Watertown MA USA G

Art International Women Association

AIWA Tbilisi Georgia G

Asia Pacific Women's Watch

APWW Colombo Sri Lanka F

Asia Women in Motorsport Association


Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious

AMOR 1971 F

Asian Baptist Women's Union

ABWU Seoul Korea Rep E

Asian Indigenous Women's Network

AIWN 1993 Baguio City Philippines F

Asian Pacific Women's Information Network Center

APWINC 1996 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association

AWNA 1996 Aichi Japan E

Association des femmes de l'Europe méridionale

AFEM 1996 Paris France D Human Rights Organizations

Association femmes leaders Benelux

2005 Brussels Belgium N

Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa

ACWECA Nairobi Kenya J

Australasian Council of Women and Policing

ACWAP 1997 Woden Australia G

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWAU Falls Church VA USA D

Baptist Women's Union of the South West Pacific


Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region

Cairo Egypt E

Black European Women's Council

BEWC 2007 D

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Caribbean Association of Women Police

CAWP 2006 Nassau Bahamas D

Caribbean Baptist Women's Union

Falls Church VA USA K

Caribbean Women's Association

CARIWA 1970 The Valley Anguilla D

Catholic Women's Movement of Austria

Vienna Austria G

Celtic Women International

CWI 1997 Butler WI USA N

Center for Women's Global Leadership

CWGL 1989 New Brunswick NJ USA G

Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues

1997 Ljubljana Slovenia K

Christian Democratic Women of America

CDWA 1967 Caracas Venezuela F

Church Women United

CWU 1941 New York NY USA G

Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

CAWT 1989 Geneva Switzerland F v

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin America

1994 Mexico City Mexico F

Coördinatiecentrum Mensenhandel

CoMensha Amersfoort Netherlands G Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Corona Worldwide

1950 London UK F

Council of Women World Leaders

CWWL 1997 Washington DC USA D v

Creative Women of the World

CWOW Fort Wayne IN USA N

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

1929 Austin TX USA G Alumni and Veterans

Echoes of Women in Africa

ECOWA 2010 Ikeja Nigeria G

Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women

EFECW 1982 Vienna Austria F

Ecumenical Group of Women

KAIRE 1971 F

Ecumenical Women's Initiative

EWI 2007 Omis Croatia E

End FGM European Network

2014 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations