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

Human Dignity

HD 2014 Paris France F

Human Dignity Trust

2011 London UK G

Human Rights Advocates

HRA 1978 Berkeley CA USA G

Human Rights and Democracy Link Africa

RIDE AFRICA 1996 Fort Portal Uganda G

Human Rights and Development Trust of Southern Africa

Huridetsa 2008 F

Human Rights and Justice Group International

Justice Group 1999 Lagos Nigeria G

Human Rights at Sea

HRAS 2014 Havant UK G

Human Rights Centre of Azerbaijan

HRCA 1993 Baku Azerbaijan G

Human Rights Committee

CCPR 1976 Geneva Switzerland E g

Human Rights Education Youth Network

HREYN 2006 Sint-Pieters-Woluwe Belgium F

Human Rights for Africa

HRFA 1993 Kista Sweden G

Human Rights Foundation

HRF 2005 New York NY USA G f

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G

Human Rights House Foundation

1992 Oslo Norway F

Human Rights in Mental Health

FGIP 1980 Hilversum Netherlands F

Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International

HURIDOCS 1979 Geneva Switzerland F

Human Rights Measurement Initiative

HRMI 2016 Wellington New Zealand F j

Human Rights Now

HRN 2006 Tokyo Japan G

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Ottawa

HRREC 1981 Ottawa ON Canada N

Human Rights Watch

HRW 1987 New York NY USA F

Human Rights without Frontiers International

HRWF 2001 Brussels Belgium E v

Humane Society International

HSI 1991 Washington DC USA E v

Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust

HART 2003 London UK G

Humanity 3000 Programme

1998 Bellevue WA USA G

Humanity and Inclusion

HI 1982 Brussels Belgium F

Humanity in Action

1997 New York NY USA G

Humanity Initiative

THI 1987 Tisbury MA USA N

Humanity International

HI 1990 Gaithersburg MD USA N

Humanity United

2005 San Francisco CA USA G

Humanity's Team

2003 Fort Collins CO USA F


2009 Redondo Beach CA USA G

IBON International

Quezon City Philippines E f

Icelandic Church Aid

1969 Reykjavik Iceland G

ICTI Ethical Toy Program

2004 Hong Kong Hong Kong F f

IFOAM - Organics International

IFOAM 1972 Bonn Germany B

Ignitus Worldwide

1979 Alexandria VA USA G

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

1957 Delft Netherlands E jv


2002 E

ILGA Oceania


IMO International Maritime Law Institute

IMLI 1988 Msida Malta E j

IMO Staff Association

1969 London UK E v


1986 Ottawa ON Canada F y

IMPR Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center


Inclusive Development International

IDI 2011 Asheville NC USA G

Incontri Internazionali Uomini e Religioni

Rome Italy F

Indian Council of South America

1980 Geneva Switzerland D

Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-determination and Liberation

IPMSDL 2010 Quezon City Philippines F

Indigenous Women's Biodiversity Network


Indigenous Women's Network

IWN 1985 Austin TX USA G

Industrianställda i Norden

2006 Stockholm Sweden D t