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

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G

Global Human Rights Defence

GHRD The Hague Netherlands G

Global Impact

1956 Alexandria VA USA G y

Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

GI-ESCR 2010 Mexico City Mexico G

Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies

G3ict 2006 Atlanta GA USA E y

Global Interagency Security Forum

GISF 2006 Manchester UK F y

Global Issues Network

GIN 2006 F

Global Justice

Washington DC USA G

Global Justice Center

GJC 2005 New York NY USA G

Global Justice Ecology Project

GJEP 2003 Buffalo NY USA G

Global Justice Now

1970 London UK G

Global Labor Justice-International Labor Rights Forum

GLJ-ILRF 1986 Washington DC USA G f

Global Labor Organization

GLO 2017 Essen Germany F

Global Learning


Global Legal Empowerment Network

2010 Washington DC USA F

Global March Against Child Labour

1997 Delhi India F

Global Medic Force

2001 New York NY USA G

Global Mining Guidelines Group

GMG 2012 Ormstown QC Canada C

Global Movement for Digital Freedom

Access 2009 New York NY USA F

Global Network for Perinatal and Reproductive Health


Global Network for Women's and Children's health Research

2001 Research Triangle Park NC USA G

Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction

GNDR 2007 London UK F

Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS

GNP+ 1986 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Global Network of Women in Politics

GLOBALNET 1995 Quezon City Philippines G

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

GNWP New York NY USA F y

Global Network of Women's Shelters

GNWS 2009 F

Global One

2013 London UK G

Global Parliament of Mayors

GPM 2016 The Hague Netherlands F v

Global Partnership for Emerging Leaders

GPEL 2015 G

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA 2003 Washington DC USA E gy

Global Refugee Leaders Forum

2014 Goma Congo DR G f

Global Research Council


GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid

2008 Vienna Austria G y

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G

Global Rights Alert

GRA 2007 Kampala Uganda G

Global Rights, Rules and Responsibilities


Global Semiconductor Alliance


Global Sisters of Moral Fibre

Mayfield NSW Australia G

Global Student Forum

GSF Brussels Belgium F y

Global Survivors Fund

GSF 2019 Geneva Switzerland J f

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC 2010 Washington DC USA B y

Global Teen Challenge

1958 Locust Grove VA USA G

Global Telecom Women's Network

GTWN 1991 London UK C

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm Sweden F

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

Global Women in PR

GWPR 2015 London UK E

Global Women Inventor and Innovator Network

GWiiN 1998 London UK G

Global Women P.E.A.C.E. Foundation

2010 Centreville VA USA G f

Global Women Social Enterprise