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

'Fray Bartolome de las Casas' Center for Human Rights

1989 Chiapas Mexico N Human Rights Organizations

'Fray Francisco de Vitoria' Center for Human Rights

1984 Mexico City Mexico N Human Rights Organizations

3D - Trade - Human Rights - Equitable Economy

2003 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

50 Years Is Enough - US Network for Global Economic Justice

Washington DC USA G

A Woman's Voice International

Honolulu HI USA G

ABANTU for Development

1991 Accra Ghana E

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

ACJS 1963 Greenbelt MD USA G

Academy of European Law, Florence

1990 Florence Italy K Human Rights Organizations

Access Now

2009 New York NY USA C

ACER-Russie

1961 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances

1996 Phnom Penh Cambodia G

Action Against Hunger

1979 Paris France F Humanitarian Organizations

Action d'appui pour la protection des droits des minorités en Afrique centrale

AAPDMAC Cyangugu Rwanda G Human Rights Organizations

Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment and Diversity

A SEED 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Action for World Solidarity

1957 Berlin Germany G v Human Rights Organizations

ActionAid

1972 Johannesburg South Africa F f Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

ADD International

Frome UK G Human Rights Organizations

Additional Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Protocol of San Salvador 1988 Washington DC USA T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with Regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings

1998 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes

2008 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine Concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin

2002 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, Concerning Biomedical Research

2005 Strasbourg France T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

2009 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

ADF International

Brussels Belgium F

Advancing Girls' Education in Africa

AGE Africa 2005 Washington DC USA G

Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre

AIRE Centre 1993 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Advocaten Zonder Grenzen

1992 Brussels Belgium F v Human Rights Organizations

Advocates for Human Rights

1983 Minneapolis MN USA G Human Rights Organizations

Advocates International

1991 Alexandria VA USA G Human Rights Organizations

AEIDL - European Association for Information on Local Development

1988 Brussels Belgium E v Human Rights Organizations

Aflatoun International

2005 Amsterdam Netherlands C

Africa Action

2001 Washington DC USA G

Africa Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

1977 Nairobi Kenya E

Africa Culture Internationale Human Rights

ACI Human Rights 1996 Toubacouta Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa Free Media Foundation

1993 Nairobi Kenya F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

AFIC 2006 Kampala Uganda F y International Federations

Africa Legal Aid

AFLA 1995 The Hague Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

Africa Network for Animal Welfare

ANAW Nairobi Kenya F

Africa Unite

AU 2001 Cape Town South Africa G

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network

AEFJN 1988 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

African Alliance for Women Empowerment

AFRAWE Cairo Egypt N

African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights

1990 Dakar Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

African Association for the Defense of Human Rights

1991 Kinshasa Congo DR G Human Rights Organizations

African Association of Women in Geosciences

AAWG 1995 El Jadida Morocco D y International Federations

African Centre for Advocacy and Human Development

ACAHD 2002 Lagos Nigeria G Humanitarian Organizations

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies

ACDHRS 1989 Serrekunda Gambia E Human Rights Organizations

African Centre for Empowerment and Gender Advocacy

Nairobi Kenya G

African Centre for Human Rights Education

1996 Dakar Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights

Banjul Protocol 1981 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

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