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 Women Social Enterprise


Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition

GWNET 2017 Vienna Austria F

Global Women's Strike

GWS 1972 London UK F

Global Young Academy

GYA 2010 Halle (Saale) Germany F v

Global Youth Mobilization

2021 F


1997 Mansfield OH USA N Foundation

2005 Geneva Switzerland F f


Washington DC USA G

Gnome Liberation Front


Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre

MCTC 1961 Jerusalem Israel G

Good Shepherd International Foundation

GSIF 2007 Rome Italy F f


Amsterdam Netherlands F y

GPF Europe

2004 Bonn Germany E

Graduate Women International

GWI 1919 Versoix Switzerland B

Grameen Trust

GT 1989 Dhaka Bangladesh F

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

GGJ 2005 Miami FL USA G y

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G

Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood

GROOTS 1985 Brooklyn NY USA G

Gray Panthers Project Fund

1970 Washington DC USA G f

Great Africa Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative

GAYEDI Akure Nigeria G

Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society

1931 New York NY USA N

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa

GRILA 1984 N

Group of the Greens - European Free Alliance

Greens/EFA 1984 Brussels Belgium F

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g

Groupement des Femmes Africaines Intégrées et Actives


Grow Up Free from Poverty Coalition

2001 Liskeard UK G y

Gruppo Abele

1965 Turin Italy G

Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa

GCYDCA 1994 Lilongwe Malawi D g

Gulf Center for Human Rights

GCHR 2011 G


2008 E g


1912 New York NY USA G

Hague Appeal for Peace

HAP 1996 New York NY USA E

HAI Africa

Nairobi Kenya E

Hands to Hearts International

HHI 2004 Portland OR USA G

HeadWaters International

HWI Minneapolis MN USA G e

Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

HBA 1977 Fairfield NJ USA G

HealthRight International

1990 New York NY USA G

Heifer International

1944 Little Rock AR USA G

Helen Suzman Foundation

HSF 1994 Houghton South Africa G f

Henry Luce Foundation

1936 New York NY USA G f

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

Hispanics in Philanthropy

HIP Oakland CA USA J

HOPE '87 - Hundreds of Original Projects for Employment

1987 Vienna Austria G

Hope for the Nations

HFTN 1994 Kelowna BC Canada F

Hope Foundation for African Women

HFAW 2011 Nairobi Kenya G f

Hostelling International

1932 London UK B

Huairou Commission

1995 Brooklyn NY USA E y

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F

Human Development and Capability Association

HDCA 2004 Brewster MA USA C