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

Institute for International Law and Justice

IILJ New York NY USA G j

Institute for International Sport

1986 Kingston RI USA N j

Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba

IIWR-MB 2013 Winnipeg MB Canada G j

Institute for Peace and Justice, St Louis MO

1970 St Louis MO USA N j

Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society

ISIS Amherst NY USA G j

Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

ISHR 1978 New York NY USA G j

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

IWPR 1991 London UK F j

Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World

IWSAW 1973 Beirut Lebanon G j

Institute of Consolata Missionaries

Consolata Fathers 1901 Rome Italy R j

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE 1884 Piscataway NJ F jv

Institute of International European Affairs, Dublin

IIEA 1991 Dublin G j

Institute of International Law

1873 Geneva C j

Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential

IAHP 1968 Wyndmoor PA USA F v

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales

ICEFI 2005 Guatemala D j

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Politicos

INCEP 1968 Guatemala Guatemala G j

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Sociales y Desarrollo

INCEDES 2005 Guatemala Guatemala D j

Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais e Segurança

IPRIS Lisbon Portugal G j

Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

IAC 1984 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies

INEE 2000 New York NY F y

Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality


Inter-American Bar Foundation

1957 Washington DC USA K f

Inter-American Children's Institute

IACI 1927 Montevideo E gj

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

IACHR 1959 Washington DC USA E g

Inter-American Convention Against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

J p

Inter-American Convention on Conflict of Laws Concerning the Adoption of Minors

1984 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on International Traffic in Minors

1994 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

1999 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Civil Rights to Women

1948 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights to Women

1948 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

Convention of Belém do Para 1994 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Cooperative Institute

ICI 1963 Panama Panama E j

Inter-American Court of International Justice

J gp

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

IOHE 1979 Montréal QC D y

Inter-Parliamentary Union

IPU 1889 Geneva B y

Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice

IPJJ Geneva Switzerland E gy

Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy

INPSSE 2002 F y

Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg PA

1985 Gettysburg PA USA G

Intergovernmental Committee of the Universal Copyright Convention

IGC 1974 Paris France E g


1956 Barcelona Spain G

Internacia Komitato por Etnaj Liberecoj

IKEL 1978 Chens-sur-Léman France F

International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights

PLPR Dortmund Germany C

International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief


International Action Against Female Circumcision

INTACT 1996 Saarbrücken Germany N

International Action for Liberation

INTAL 1998 Brussels Belgium G y

International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law

IANGEL 2013 Alameda CA USA G

International Adkins Chiti: Women in Music Foundation

1978 Fiuggi Italy G f

International Advertising Association

IAA 1938 New York NY B y

International Advocacy and Resource Centre on the Human Rights of Migrant Workers

December 18 Merelbeke Belgium G

International Advocates for Health Freedom

IAHF Point Roberts WA USA N

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

IAPB 1975 London D y