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

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

African Child Education Right Initiative

ACERI Lagos Nigeria G Human Rights Organizations

African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

ACCA 2013 Pretoria South Africa D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

African Commission of Health and Human Rights Promoters

ACHHRP 1989 Accra Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

ACHPR 1981 Banjul Gambia E g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

ACERWC 2001 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

African Confederation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

CACU 1999 Paris France E UNESCO Bodies, Clubs

African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights

AfCHPR 1998 Arusha Tanzania UR F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

African Criminology and Justice Association

ACJA 2000 Princess Anne MD USA G

African Development Aid Association

ADAA 1988 Addis Ababa Ethiopia G Humanitarian Organizations

African Federation for Sexual Health and Rights

AFSHR 2002 Lagos Nigeria D Human Rights Organizations

African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs

AFWE 1993 Accra Ghana D

African Freedom of Expression Exchange

AFEX Accra Ghana F y International Federations

African Human Rights Heritage

AHRH 1992 Accra Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Initiatives

1995 Bristol UK G Human Rights Organizations

African Jurists' Association

AJA 1979 Dakar Senegal D v Human Rights Organizations

African Law Foundation

AFRILAW 2012 Enugu Nigeria G f Foundations

African Legal Information Institute

AfricanLII 2010 J j Institutes

African Music Council

AMC 2007 Brazzaville Congo Brazzaville E

African Network for Environment and Economic Justice

ANEEJ 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Network for Support to Women Entrepreneurs

ANSWE 1994 Dakar Senegal F

African Network of Women Shelters

ANWS 2012 Kigali Rwanda F

African Office for Development and Cooperation

1976 Dakar Senegal G Humanitarian Organizations

African Promise Foundation

Maple Valley WA USA G f Foundations, Humanitarian Organizations

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G Human Rights Organizations

African Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology

ASPAE 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

African Union International Centre for Girls' and Women's Education in Africa

AU/CIEFFA Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur

UNAMID 2006 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

African Woman and Child Features Service

AWC Nairobi Kenya G

African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Women in Leadership Organisation

AWLO Lagos Nigeria J

African Women in Science and Engineering

AWSE 1999 Nairobi Kenya G

African Women Jurists Federation

1978 D

African Women Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment

AWLAE 1990 Nairobi Kenya G

African Women's Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change

AWANICh 2007 Accra Ghana F

African Women's Development and Communication Network

FEMNET 1988 Nairobi Kenya F Human Rights Organizations

African Women's Development Fund

AWDF 2000 Accra Ghana F f Funds, Funds

African Women's Economic Policy Network

AWEPON 1993 Kampala Uganda D

African Women's League

Brussels Belgium G

African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests

2009 Edéa Cameroon J

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

Africans Rising For Justice, Peace and Dignity


Afro Centre for Development Peace and Justice

AFRODEP 2001 Asaba Nigeria G

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N

Aga Khan Foundation

AKF 1967 Geneva Switzerland F f Foundations

Agence de diffusion du droit international humanitaire en Afrique centrale

ADDIHAC 1993 Den Bosch Netherlands G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

AGORA Club International

1996 Lokeren Belgium E Clubs

Agreement as to Disposition of Rights in Atomic Energy Inventions

1956 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs