Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

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

Afro-Asian Peoples' Solidarity Organization

AAPSO 1957 Cairo Egypt C y


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

All-Africa Students Union

AASU 1972 Accra Ghana D

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 NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

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