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

Cultural Survival

1972 Cambridge MA USA G

Culture et Liberté

1970 Paris France G

Cummings Institute for World Justice

IWJ Woburn MA USA G j

Cuso International

1961 Ottawa ON Canada G

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

Danish Centre for Gender, Equality and Diversity

Copenhagen Denmark G

Danish Institute for Human Rights

DIHR 2002 Copenhagen Denmark G j

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

1964 Los Altos CA USA G f

Days for Girls International

DfGI 2008 Lynden WA USA G

December Twelfth Movement International Secretariat

New York NY USA G

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

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

Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice

1978 Paris France T g

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

1921 T g

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

T g

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

T g

Déclaration sur la Race et les Préjugés Raciaux

1978 T g

Defend International

DI 2007 Kolbotn Norway F

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

1929 Austin TX USA G

Democracy International

TDI 1979 F v

DESSI International

Larkana Pakistan G

Destination Unknown

Brussels Belgium F y

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era

DAWN 1984 Suva Fiji F v


1966 Sundbyberg Sweden G

Diamond Empowerment Fund

DEF 2007 New York NY USA N f

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

Disability Rights Fund

DRF 2008 Boston MA USA F f

Dolphinaria-Free Europe


Dominicaines de Béthanie

1866 Saint-Sulpice-de-Favières France R

Dominicans for Justice and Peace

OP 1998 Geneva Switzerland E

Don Bosco Network

DBN Rome Italy F y

Dred and Harriet Scott Institute for International Human Rights

St Paul MN USA N j

Earth Charter Initiative

San José Costa Rica F

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j




EA 1992 Amherst MA USA F y

East Africa Women's League

EAWL 1917 Nairobi Kenya G

East African Centre for Human Rights

EACHRights 2010 Nairobi Kenya G

East African Court of Justice

Arusha Tanzania UR K g

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network

EHAHRD-Net 2005 Kampala Uganda F

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network

ETAN 1991 New York NY USA G

Eastern Africa Coalition on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

EACOR Nairobi Kenya G

Eastern African Network of AIDS Service Organizations

EANNASO Arusha Tanzania UR K

Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women

EASSI 1996 Kampala Uganda F

Eastern African Support Unit for NGOs

EASUN 1993 Arusha Tanzania UR G

Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality

ECADE 2015 Castries St Lucia D