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

African World Heritage Fund

AWHF 2006 Midrand South Africa F g

African-Asian Rural Development Organization

AARDO 1962 Delhi India C g

Africans Rising For Justice, Peace and Dignity


Afrique Secours et Assistance

ASA 1998 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Afro Centre for Development Peace and Justice

AFRODEP 2001 Asaba Nigeria G

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N


Brooklyn NY USA F

Aga Khan Foundation

AKF 1967 Geneva Switzerland F f

AGORA Club International

1996 Lokeren Belgium E

Agreement on the History of the Liberator

1911 T g

Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

1997 T g


2003 Brussels Belgium C

Agroecology Fund

AEF 2012 F f

Aide et action France

1981 Paris France G

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

ARASA 2002 Windhoek Namibia J y

Aim for Human Rights

1981 Utrecht Netherlands G

AIP Foundation

1999 Hanoi Vietnam F f

Al-Awda - Palestine Right to Return Coalition

PRRC Coral Springs FL USA G

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

AvH 1860 Bonn Germany G f

Alfityanu Humanitaire International

AHI 2015 Luxembourg Luxembourg N


2017 Berlin Germany G

Alianza Global del Ombudsperson Local

AGOL 2019 Alcala de Henares Spain D


1978 Minneapolis MN USA G

All India Boy Scouts Association

Delhi India G

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi India E

All Pakistan Women's Association

APWA 1949 Karachi Pakistan G

Allard K Lowenstein International Human Rights Project

1981 New Haven CT USA G

ALLEA - ALL European Academies

1994 Berlin Germany F

Alliance for Arab Women

AAW 1987 Cairo Egypt D v

Alliance for Financial Inclusion

AFI 2008 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F y

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

AFSA 2008 Kampala Uganda D

Alliance for Gender Equality in Europe

AGEE 2019 G y

Alliance for Global Justice

AfGJ 1998 Tucson AZ USA G

Alliance for Responsible Mining

ARM 2004 Medellin Colombia D

Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU

AFCAR Brussels Belgium E y

Alliance Genève ACP pour les Droits de l'Homme

ACP 2008 Casablanca Morocco G

Alliance Internationale pour la défense des Droits et des Libertés

AIDL 2009 Paris France G

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Istanbul Türkiye F y

Alliance of Russian Solidarists

1930 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International

AYNLA 2009 Manila Philippines G

Alliance pour la Migration, le Leadership et le Développement

AMLD Dakar Senegal J

Alliances for Africa

AfA 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Alpha Delta Kappa

1947 Kansas City MO USA G

Alpha Phi International Fraternity

1872 Evanston IL USA N

Alternativas Latinoamericanas de Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Antropológicos

ALDHEA 2005 Quito Ecuador J

Alternatives to Violence Project International

AVP International 1975 F

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Nagpur India E