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

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

ECSC 1967 Castries St Lucia F g

Eastern Mediterranean Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

EMACAPAP 2000 Beirut Lebanon D



Echoes of Women in Africa

ECOWA 2010 Ikeja Nigeria G

ECLOF International

1946 Geneva Switzerland F f

École Universitaire Internationale

EUI 2012 Rome Italy G

Economic Freedom Network Asia

EFN Asia 1998 Bangkok Thailand E

Economic Justice Network for Churches in Eastern and Southern Africa

EJN 1997 Cape Town South Africa F


Chesapeake VA USA F

Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women

EFECW 1982 Vienna Austria F

Ecumenical Group of Women

KAIRE 1971 F

Ecumenical Program on Central America and the Caribbean

EPICA 1968 Washington DC USA G

Ecumenical Women's Initiative

EWI 2007 Omis Croatia E

Edmund Rice International

ERI Geneva Switzerland E

Eduardo Frei Foundation

1990 The Hague Netherlands G f

Education Development Center

EDC 1958 Waltham MA USA G

Education International

EI 1993 Brussels Belgium B

Educational Foundation for African Women

EFAW 2009 Enugu Nigeria G f


2013 Barcelona Spain G

EFTA Court

1994 Luxembourg Luxembourg F g


1993 Brussels Belgium E

Egalité Laïcité Europe

ÉGALE 2004 Paris France G

Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

EOHR 1985 Cairo Egypt G

EIB Institute

2012 Luxembourg Luxembourg E gj

Electronics Watch

2015 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Emerge Poverty Free

1995 London UK G

Emmaüs Europe

2005 Montreuil France E

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Empower International Ministries

Tustin CA USA G

Empower Women

2013 New York NY USA F

Empowers Africa

New York NY USA G

End FGM European Network

2014 Brussels Belgium F y

End Violence Against Women International

EVAWI 2003 Colville WA USA N

Ending Violence Against Migrants

EVAM Brussels Belgium G

Endometriosis Association

EA 1980 Milwaukee WI USA N

Enfants du Globe

2004 Paris France G

English International Association of Lund

1987 Malmö Sweden G

Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indigenas de las Americas

ECMIA 1995 Bogota Colombia F

Enough - Project to End Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

2007 Washington DC USA G

Entraide et fraternité

1961 Brussels Belgium G

Environmental Justice Foundation

EJF 2000 London UK G f

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f

EPP Women

Brussels Belgium E

Equal Access International

EAI 2000 Washington DC USA G

Equal Rights Coalition

2016 E g

Equal Rights Trust

2007 London UK F

Equality and Justice Alliance


Equality Now

1992 New York NY USA F

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference

Equality Diversity Inclusion Conference 2008 S c

Equilibres and Populations

Equipop 1993 Paris France G