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

Aim for Human Rights

1981 Utrecht Netherlands G

Al-Awda - Palestine Right to Return Coalition

PRRC Coral Springs FL USA G

Alfityanu Humanitaire International

AHI 2015 Luxembourg Luxembourg N

All India Boy Scouts Association

Delhi Delhi India G

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi 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 Cairo Egypt D v

Alliance for Global Justice

AfGJ 1998 Tucson AZ USA G

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 Bonneuil-sur-Marne France G

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations

ALLIANCE 1982 Rome RM Italy F y

Alliance of Russian Solidarists

1930 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International

AYNLA 2009 Manila Philippines G

Alliances for Africa

AfA 1996 Lagos 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

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Nagpur Maharashtra India E

American Association of Jurists

AAJ 1975 Buenos Aires Argentina D

American Refugee Committee

ARC 1978 Minneapolis MN USA G

American Society of International Law

ASIL 1906 Washington DC USA G v

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

ADC 1980 Washington DC USA G

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G

Americas Foundation

1942 New York NY USA N f

Amnesty International

AI 1961 London UK B

Amnesty International - European Institutions Office

1992 Brussels Belgium E

Ananda Marga Gurukula

AMGK Network 1990 Anandanagar West Bengal India F

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Alexandria Egypt E fg

Anne Frank House

1957 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International

ABWTI 1980 London UK N

Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

ADL 1913 New York NY USA G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

APHELEIA - Humanities European Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

APHELEIA 2017 Mação Portugal E

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

2002 Kolkata West Bengal India G

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G

Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

ACIJLP 1997 Cairo Cairo Egypt G

Arab Commission for Human Rights

ACHR 1998 Malakoff France E

Arab Council for Supporting Fair Trial

ACSFT Cairo Cairo Egypt J

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Court of Justice

ACJ 1945 J gp

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F fg

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