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

International Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y

International AIDS Empowerment

IAE 1997 El Paso TX USA G

International AIDS Women's Caucus

IAWC 1992 Buenos Aires Argentina F y

International Alliance for Women in Music

IAWM 1995 Winston-Salem NC F

International Alliance of Women

IAW 1902 Cointrin B

International Amateur Theatre Association

AITA/IATA 1952 Brussels B

International Anglican Women's Network

IAWN 1996 Victoria Seychelles K

International Archive of Women in Architecture

IAWA 1985 Blacksburg VA USA G

International Association for Adolescent Health

IAAH 1987 Minneapolis MN C

International Association for Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia

ARWA 2020 D

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

IACAPAP 1937 Giesen C

International Association for Computational Mechanics

IACM 1983 Barcelona C y

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

IAEVG 1951 Ottawa ON B

International Association for Feminist Economics

IAFFE 1992 Houston TX USA D

International Association for Humane Habitat

IAHH 2000 Mumbai India G

International Association for Reconciliation Studies

IARS 2020 Jena C

International Association for Religious Freedom

IARF 1900 London UK C y

International Association for Research in Economic Psychology

IAREP 1982 Leeds D

International Association for Society and Natural Resources

IASNR 2001 Champaign IL D

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

IAESTE 1948 Luxembourg C y

International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice

IAHCCJ 1978 Dundee UK F v

International Association for the Promotion of Women of Europe

IAPWE 1987 E

International Association for the Protection of Human Rights in Cyprus

Nicosia Cyprus G

International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry

WSI 2016 D t

International Association for Women's Mental Health

IAWMH 2001 Potomac MD D

International Association IUS Primi Viri

1989 Rome Italy G

International Association of Advanced Materials

IAAM 2010 Ulrika C

International Association of Applied Psychology

IAAP 1920 Indianapolis IN B v

International Association of Free Thought

AIFT 2011 Paris France E

International Association of Geomorphologists

IAG 1989 Modena B y

International Association of Horticultural Producers

Didcot C

International Association of Insurance Professionals

IAIP 1940 Atlanta GA USA N t

International Association of Jewish Free Loans

IAJFL 1982 Los Angeles CA USA N

International Association of Judges

IAJ 1953 Rome Italy C

International Association of Liberal Religious Women

IALRW 1910 Basel Switzerland D

International Association of Lyceum Clubs

IALC 1903 C

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

IAPESGW 1953 Miami Shores FL B v

International Association of Prosecutors

IAP 1995 The Hague B y

International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences

IAAS 1957 Leuven C

International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People

1965 Copenhagen C

International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services

iAWFES 2007 Madison WI USA N

International Association of Women in Radio and Television

IAWRT 1951 Quezon City C

International Association of Women Judges

IAWJ 1991 Washington DC C

International Association of Women Ministers

IAWM 1919 Reading PA C v

International Association of Women Philosophers

1976 Paderborn C v

International Association of Women Police

IAWP 1915 Bowie MD USA F

International Association of Women Runners

IAWR Toronto ON Canada N

International Au Pair Association

IAPA 1994 Munich E

International Aviation Womens Association

IAWA 1988 Mount Royal NJ USA N

International Bar Association

IBA 1947 London UK B

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