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

Convention Concerning Migrations in Abusive Conditions and the Promotion of Equality of Opportunity and Treatment of Migrant Workers

1975 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning Night Work of Women Employed in Industry

1948 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Employment of Women before and After Childbirth

1919 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Employment of Women on Underground Work in Mines of all Kinds

1935 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention Concerning the Rights of Association and Combination of Agricultural Workers

1921 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

1950 Strasbourg France T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children

1947 T g

Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women of Full Age

1947 T g

Convention of the Privileges and Immunities of the League of Arab States

1953 T g

Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Århus Convention 1998 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

CEDAW 1979 New York NY USA T g

Convention on the Free Issue of Certificates of Civil Status and Exemption from the Need for Legislation

1957 T g

Convention on the International Access to Justice

1980 The Hague Netherlands T g

Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary

2002 The Hague Netherlands T g

Convention on the Nationality of Married Women

1957 T g

Convention on the Nationality of Women

1933 Washington DC USA T g

Convention on the Political Rights of Women

1953 T g

Convention Relating to Registration of Rights in Respect of Vessels under Construction

1967 T g

Convention Relating to the Settlement of Guardianship of Minors

1902 T g

Convention Relative to Certain Restrictions on the Rights of Capture in Maritime War

1907 T g

Convention Respecting the Free Navigation of the Suez Canal

1888 T g

Convention Respecting the Prohibition of Night Work for Women in Industrial Employment

1906 T g

Convoy of Hope

1994 Springfield MO USA G

Cooperacció, Spain

1994 Barcelona Spain G

Coopération internationale de promotion et aides au développement

CIPAD 1995 Othée Belgium G

Coördinatiecentrum Mensenhandel

CoMensha Amersfoort Netherlands G

Coordinating Committee of the Organization for Voluntary Service

1972 Milan Italy G

Coordination of Nongovernmental Organizations for International Development Cooperation

1986 Rome Italy G

Coordination SUD

1994 Paris France G y

Coppieters Foundation

2007 Brussels Belgium F f

Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security

CTI-CFF 2007 Manado Indonesia E g

Corona Worldwide

1950 London UK F

Correlation - European Harm Reduction Network

Correlation Network 2005 Amsterdam Netherlands F

COS West and Midden Brabant Centrum voor Internationale Samenwerking

1969 Tilburg Netherlands G

Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

2011 T g

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy

Council of Women World Leaders

CWWL 1997 Washington DC USA D v

Cour de justice communautaire de la CEMAC

CJ-CEMAC Ndjamena Chad F g

Cour de justice de l'UEMOA

Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g

Court of Justice of the African Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia F g

Court of Justice of the Andean Community

1979 Quito Ecuador F g

Court of Justice of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa

COMESA Court of Justice 1998 Khartoum Sudan F g

Court of Justice of the European Union

CJEU 1952 Luxembourg Luxembourg F g

Creative Women of the World

CWOW 2011 Fort Wayne IN USA N

Crescendo Worldwide Network

2001 Geneva Switzerland F y

Crime Stoppers International

CSI 1976 Amersfoort Netherlands F

Crimmigration Control - International Net of Studies

CINETS 2011 F

Critical Research on Men in Europe

CROME F

Cruelty Free International

1898 London UK G

CSW

1998 New Malden UK G

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