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

Critical Research on Men in Europe

CROME F

Cruelty Free International

1898 London UK G

CSW

1998 New Malden UK G

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Culture et Liberté

1970 Paris France G Human Rights Organizations

Cummings Institute for World Justice

IWJ Woburn MA USA G j Institutes

Cuso International

1961 Ottawa ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Cyan International

2009 Didcot UK G

Cyrus R Vance Center for International Justice

Vance Center New York NY USA G

Dames d'Escoffier International, Les

LDEI 1986 Louisville KY USA N Professional Bodies

Danish Centre for Gender, Equality and Diversity

Copenhagen Denmark G

Danish Institute for Human Rights

DIHR 2002 Copenhagen Denmark G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

1964 Los Altos CA USA G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Days for Girls International

DfGI 2008 Lynden WA USA G

December Twelfth Movement International Secretariat

New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Déclaration des Principes Directeurs de L'utilisation de la Radiodiffusion par Satellites pour la Libre Circulation de L'information, L'extension de L'éducation et le Développement des échanges Culturels

1972 T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Declaration of Guiding Principles on the Use of Satellite Broadcasting for the Free Flow of Information, the Spread of Education and Greater Cultural Exchange

1972 T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Declaration on Fundamental Principles Concerning the Contribution of the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding, to the Promotion of Human Rights and to Countering Racialism, Apartheid and Incitement to War

1978 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice

1978 Paris France T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities

1992 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Declaration Recognising the Right to a Flag of States Having no Sea-coast

1921 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Declaration Regarding Article 14 of the 1965 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

T g Treaties, IGOs

Declaration Regarding Article 25 of the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Declaration Regarding Article 41 of the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Declaration Regarding Article 46 of the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Déclaration sur la Race et les Préjugés Raciaux

1978 T g Treaties, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Déclaration sur les Principes Fondamentaux Concernant la Contribution des Organes D'information au Renforcement de la Paix et de la Compréhension Internationale, à la Promotion des Droits de L'homme et à la Lutte Contre le Racisme et L'apartheid et L'incitation à la Guerre

1978 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

Defend International

DI 2007 Kolbotn Norway F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

1929 Austin TX USA G Alumni and Veterans

DEMAS - Association for Democracy Assistance and Human Rights

2008 Prague Czech Rep G y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe

DARE Network 2003 Berlin Germany F Human Rights Organizations

Democracy International

TDI 1979 F v

Democratic Pacific Union

DPU 2005 D Human Rights Organizations

Derechos Human Rights

Derechos-hr San Leandro CA USA F Human Rights Organizations

DESSI International

Larkana Pakistan G

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era

DAWN 1984 Suva Fiji F v

Diakonia

1966 Sundbyberg Sweden G Humanitarian Organizations

Diamond Empowerment Fund

DEF 2007 New York NY USA N f Funds, Funds

Dickens Fellowship

1902 London UK E

Digital Freedom Network

DFN 1998 Newark NJ USA G

Disability Rights Advocacy Fund

DRAF Boston MA USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Disability Rights Fund

DRF 2008 Boston MA USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Disability Rights International

DRI 1993 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Disabled Peoples' International

DPI 1981 Kanata ON Canada B Human Rights Organizations

Dokumentations- und Informationszentrum Menschenrechte in Lateinamerika

DIML Nuremberg Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Dolphinaria-Free Europe

DFE F y International Federations

Dominicaines de Béthanie

1866 Saint-Sulpice-de-Favières France R Religious Orders

Dominicans for Justice and Peace

OP 1998 Geneva Switzerland E United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

Dred and Harriet Scott Institute for International Human Rights

St Paul MN USA N j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Dutch Refugee Council

1979 Amsterdam Netherlands G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

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