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

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

CEDAW 1982 Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

CERD 1969 Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

CRPD Geneva Switzerland E gv

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Geneva Switzerland E g

Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ 1981 New York NY USA E

Commonwealth Business Women Leaders Network

Singapore Singapore F

Commonwealth Countries League

CCL 1925 E v

Commonwealth Girls Education Fund

CGEF 1967 London UK F f

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

CHRI 1987 Delhi India F

Commonwealth of Learning

COL 1988 Burnaby BC Canada F g

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

CWP 1989 London UK D

Communicación, Intercambio y Desarrollo Humano en América Latina

CIDHAL 1969 Morelos Mexico G

Communion and Liberation

CL 1954 Rome Italy F

Community Court of Justice

1991 Abuja Nigeria F g

Community Information, Empowerment and Transparency

CIET International 1985 New York NY USA G

Community Media Forum Europe

CMFE 2004 Gudhjem Denmark F y

Community Plant Variety Office

CPVO 1995 Angers France E g

Community World Service Asia

1954 Karachi Pakistan F

Computational Complexity Foundation

CCF 2015 Waterloo ON Canada F cf

Comunità Impegno Servizio Volontariato

CISV 1972 Turin Italy G

Concern Worldwide

1968 Dublin Ireland G

Concile Mondiale de Congrès Diplomatiques des Aumoniers pour la Paix Universelle des Droits Humains et Juridiques

CMOCDAPUNDHJ 1998 J

Conectas Human Rights

2001 Sao Paulo Brazil G

Confederación de Adolescencia y Juventud de Iberoamérica y el Caribe

CODJAJIC C

Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de las Américas

CSA 1951 Sao Paulo Brazil E y

Confédération bouliste internationale

CBI 1983 Ankara Turkey D

Conférence des ministres de la justice des pays d'expression française

S c

Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions

1971 Brussels Belgium F

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y

Conference of the Americas on International Education

CAIE 2009 Montréal QC Canada F cy

Conferência das Jurisdições Constitucionais dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa

CJCPLP 2008 Maputo Mozambique C g

Conferencia Iberoamericana de Justicia Constitucional

CIJC 2005 Madrid Spain D g

CONGO Committee on Human Rights

Geneva Switzerland E

Congo Heart of Africa

CHA Johannesburg South Africa N

Congrégation Notre-Dame Chanoinesses de Saint-Augustin

1597 R

Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel

1868 Bangalore India R

Congress of Racial Equality

CORE 1942 New York NY USA G

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels Belgium D y

Constituency for Africa

CFA 1990 Washington DC USA G

Consumers International

CI 1960 London UK B y

Convention Against Discrimination in Education

1960 Paris France T g

Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

1984 T g

Convention and Statute on Freedom of Transit

1921 T g

Convention Concerning Discrimination in Respect of Employment and Occupation

1958 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Employment of Women During the Night, 1919

1919 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Employment of Women During the Night, 1934

1934 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Equal Opportunities and Equal Treatment for Men and Women Workers: Workers with Family Responsibilities

1981 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Equal Remuneration for Men and Women Workers for Work of Equal Value

1951 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Equality of Treatment for National and Foreign Workers as Regards Workmen's Compensation for Accidents

1925 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Equality of Treatment of Nationals and Non-nationals in Social Security

1962 Geneva Switzerland T g

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