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 Type III

Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v Human Rights Organizations

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

2002 Kolkata India G

Arab Association for Human Rights

HRA 1988 Nazareth Israel G Human Rights Organizations

Arab Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Human Right Education

ACIHL 2000 Bischheim France E Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

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

ACIJLP 1997 Cairo Egypt G Professional Bodies

Arab Commission for Human Rights

ACHR 1998 Malakoff France E Human Rights Organizations

Arab Council for Supporting Fair Trial

ACSFT Cairo Egypt J

Arab Court of Justice

ACJ 1945 J gp IGOs

Arab Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

AFPIPR Cairo Egypt D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Federation of Surveyors

2002 Beirut Lebanon D

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations

AGFUND 1981 Riyadh Saudi Arabia F gf United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

Arab Human Rights Foundation

AHRF Sanaa Yemen G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Arab Institute for Human Rights

AIHR 1989 Tunis Tunisia E j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Arab International Women's Forum

AIWF 2001 London UK F

Arab Network for Civic Education

ANHRE 2009 Amman Jordan D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Network for Women in Science and Technology

ANWST Alexandria Egypt F

Arab Organization for Human Rights

AOHR 1983 Cairo Egypt D Human Rights Organizations

Arab Press Freedom Watch


Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists

APHRA 1997 Cairo Egypt G Human Rights Organizations

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 Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

Arab Women Investors Union

AWIU 2005 Giza Egypt D

Arab Women Organization

AW0 Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Arab Women's Habitat Network

Amman Jordan G

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth Israel K

Arabic Alliance for Freedom and Democracy

AAFD Cairo Egypt D

Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

ANHRI 2003 Cairo Egypt F Human Rights Organizations

ARC International

2003 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

Arca Foundation

1952 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney Australia G f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

Archivists without Borders International

AwB International 1986 F Human Rights Organizations

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F Human Rights Organizations

Ark Foundation of Africa

AFA 1986 Washington DC USA G f Foundations

Armenian International Women's Association

AIWA 1991 Watertown MA USA G

Art International Women Association

AIWA Tbilisi Georgia G

ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organizations

ACWO 1981 Petaling Jaya Malaysia E Human Rights Organizations

ASEAN Forum on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia S c Conference Series

Asia Foundation

1954 San Francisco CA USA G Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

AIPP 1988 Chiang Mai Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Japan Women's Resource Centre

AJWRC 1994 Tokyo Japan G Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

APA 1999 Bangkok Thailand F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Urologists

APAPU 1998 New Taipei City Taiwan D

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health

APCOM 2007 Bangkok Thailand D y International Federations

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney Australia F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

APWLD 1986 Chiang Mai Thailand F v Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Human Rights Information Center

HURIGHTS Osaka 1994 Osaka Japan G Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations