Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

ACTO 1998 Brasilia Brazil D g

Amazon Watch

1996 Oakland CA USA G

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace

ACJP 1991 Nagpur India E

American Society of International Law

ASIL 1906 Washington DC USA G v

American Thoracic Society

ATS 1905 New York NY USA G

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

ADC 1980 Washington DC USA G

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G

Americas Foundation

1942 New York NY USA N f


1977 Brussels Belgium D

Amnesty International

AI 1961 London UK B

Amnesty International - European Institutions Office

1992 Brussels Belgium E

Ananda Marga Gurukula

AMGK Network 1990 Anandanagar India F

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Egypt E fg

Anne Frank House

1957 Amsterdam Netherlands N

Ansar Burney Welfare Trust International

ABWTI 1980 London UK N

Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith

ADL 1913 New York NY USA G

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v

AO Alliance

2015 Davos-Platz Switzerland E

APCOM Foundation

2007 Bangkok Thailand D y

APHELEIA - Humanities International Association For Cultural Integrated Landscape Management

2017 Mação Portugal E

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

2002 Kolkata India G

APT Action on Poverty

1984 Bristol UK G

Arab Centre for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession

ACIJLP 1997 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Commission for Human Rights

ACHR 1998 Malakoff France E

Arab Council for Childhood and Development

ACCD 1987 Cairo Egypt D y

Arab Council for Supporting Fair Trial

ACSFT Cairo Egypt J

Arab Council for the Social Sciences

ACSS 2010 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Court of Justice

ACJ 1945 J gp

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

AFESD 1968 Kuwait Kuwait F fg

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F fg

Arab Human Rights Foundation

AHRF Sanaa Yemen G f

Arab Institute for Human Rights

AIHR 1989 Tunis Tunisia E j

Arab International Women's Forum

AIWF 2001 London UK F

Arab Network for Civic Education

ANHRE 2009 Amman Jordan D

Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology

ANWST Alexandria Egypt F

Arab Organization for Human Rights

AOHR 1983 Cairo Egypt D

Arab Press Freedom Watch


Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists

APHRA 1997 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Reform Initiative

ARI 2006 Paris France F y

Arab Regional Resource Center on Violence Against Women

AMAN 2000 Amman Jordan G

Arab Society for Academic Freedom

2008 J

Arab Society for Academic Freedoms

ASAF 2008 Amman Jordan D

Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences

AUASS 1998 Sharjah United Arab Emirates D y

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J