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 Bar Association - Public and Professional Interest Division

PPID 2004 London UK E

International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute

IBAHRI 1995 London E j

International Black Women's Congress

IBWC 1983 Norfolk VA USA N

International Blue Crescent

IBC 1999 Istanbul Turkey G

International Blue Cross

IBC 1886 Bern C

International Boxing Association

IBA 1946 Lausanne B y

International Boys' Schools Coalition

IBSC 1995 Cleveland Heights OH USA C

International Brain Bee

IBB 2018 Washington DC C

International Buddhist Relief Organization

IBRO Birmingham UK G

International Bureau for Children's Rights

IBCR 1994 Montréal QC Canada D

International Catholic Conference of Guiding

ICCG 1965 Paris France B

International Catholic Cooperation Centre for UNESCO

CCIC 1947 Paris France E v

International Catholic Migration Commission

ICMC 1951 Geneva B y

International Cell Research Organization

ICRO 1962 Pittsburgh PA USA D v

International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination

ICAAD 2012 Chappaqua NY USA G

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

ICBA 1999 Dubai United Arab Emirates E

International Center for Education and Human Development

1976 Medellin Colombia G

International Center for Peace and Justice

El Cerrito CA USA G

International Center for Professional Development

ICPD Murrieta CA G

International Center for Research on Women

ICRW 1976 Washington DC USA G

International Center for Transitional Justice

ICTJ 2001 New York NY USA G

International Centre for Comparative Criminology

ICCC 1969 Montréal QC Canada E

International Centre for Conflict and Human Rights Analysis

ICCHRA Accra Ghana G

International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy

ICCLR 1991 Vancouver BC Canada G

International Centre for Human Development

ICHD 2000 Yerevan Armenia G

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

ICIMOD 1981 Kathmandu Nepal E g

International Centre for Migration, Health and Development

ICMHD 1995 Geneva Switzerland E

International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations

IMIR 1992 Sofia Bulgaria E

International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights

INCRESE Minna Nigeria G

International Centre for Sustainable Human Development

San José Costa Rica G

International Centre for Trade Union Rights

ICTUR 1987 London UK E t

International Centre for Women and Child

ICWC 1994 Delhi India G

International Centre for Women Playwrights

ICWP 1989 C v

International Chair-Network UNESCO/ICES on "Technical and Vocational Education and Training"

TVET Moscow Russia K

International Child Rights Center

InCRC Seoul Korea Rep G

International Children's Trust

ICT 1967 Coventry UK G f

International Christian Aid Relief Enterprises

ICARE 1982 Surry Hills NSW Australia G

International Circle for the Promotion of the Creation

1990 Bafoussam F v

International Civil Aviation Organization

ICAO 1947 Montréal QC B g

International Civil Liberties Alliance

ICLA 2012 Basel Switzerland C

International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

ICLMG 2002 Toronto ON Canada G y

International Civil Society Action Network

ICAN 2006 Washington DC USA F

International Co-operative Alliance

ICA 1895 Brussels A y

International Coalition for Agunah Rights

ICAR 1989 Jerusalem Israel G

International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

ICNK 2011 New York NY USA E y

International Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care

ICCPPC 1950 Eindhoven Netherlands D v

International Commission on Freedom of Conscience

Washington DC USA N

International Committee Buchenwald Dora and Commandos

IBDC 1952 Montreuil France E v

International Committee for a Free Vietnam

ICFV 1986 Bruges Belgium E

International Committee for the Safeguarding of Linguistic Rights in Asturies

ICSLRA N

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