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 Type III

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

ARASA 2002 Windhoek Namibia D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Aim for Human Rights

1981 Utrecht Netherlands G Human Rights Organizations

Al-Awda - Palestine Right to Return Coalition

PRRC Coral Springs FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

All India Boy Scouts Association

Delhi India G

All India Women's Conference

AIWC 1926 Delhi India E Human Rights Organizations

All Pakistan Women's Association

APWA 1949 Karachi Pakistan G

Allard K Lowenstein International Human Rights Project

1981 New Haven CT USA G Human Rights Organizations

Alliance for Arab Women

AAW 1987 Cairo Egypt D v

Alliance for Global Justice

AfGJ 1998 Washington DC USA G

Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU

AFCAR Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Alliance Genève ACP pour les Droits de l'Homme

ACP 2008 Casablanca Morocco G Human Rights Organizations

Alliance of Business Women International

ABWI 1995 Atlanta GA USA G

Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

1972 Washington DC USA E y Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, International Federations

Alliance of Russian Solidarists

1930 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Alliances for Africa

AfA 1996 Lagos Nigeria G Human Rights Organizations

Alpha Delta Kappa

1947 Kansas City MO USA G

Alpha Phi International Fraternity

1872 Evanston IL USA N

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Maharashtra India E

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 Human Rights Organizations

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G UNESCO Bodies

Americas Foundation

1942 New York NY USA N f Foundations

Amnesty International

AI 1961 London UK B Human Rights Organizations

Amnesty International - European Institutions Office

1992 Brussels Belgium E Human Rights Organizations

Anglican Women's Fellowship

1965 Marshalltown South Africa F

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Anne Frank House

1957 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International

ABWTI 1980 London UK N Human Rights Organizations

Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

ADL 1913 New York NY USA G

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

2002 Kolkata India G

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G Human Rights Organizations

Arab Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Human Right Education

ACIHL 2000 Bischheim France E Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

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

ACIJLP 1997 Cairo Egypt G Professional Bodies

Arab Commission for Human Rights

ACHR 1998 Malakoff France E Human Rights Organizations

Arab Court of Justice

ACJ 1945 J gp IGOs

Arab Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

AFPIPR Cairo Egypt D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Human Rights Foundation

AHRF Sanaa Yemen G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Arab Institute for Human Rights

AIHR 1989 Tunis Tunisia E j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Arab International Women's Forum

AIWF 2001 London UK F

Arab Network for Human Rights and Citizenship Education

ANHRE Amman Jordan D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology

ANWST Alexandria Egypt F

Arab Organization for Human Rights

AOHR 1983 Cairo Egypt D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Press Freedom Watch

APFW London UK F

Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists

APHRA 1997 Cairo Egypt G Human Rights Organizations

Arab Regional Resource Center on Violence Against Women

AMAN 2000 Amman Jordan G

Arab Society for Academic Freedom

2008 J

Arab Society for Academic Freedoms

ASAF 2008 Amman Jordan D

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

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