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 Committee for World Day of Prayer

1968 New York NY USA E

International Committee of Historical Sciences

ICHS 1926 Turin A y

International Committee of Sports for the Deaf

ICSD 1924 Lausanne B y

International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC 1863 Geneva Switzerland F v

International Communications Forum

ICF 1991 Penzance UK F

International Community for Ecopsychology


International Community of Women living with HIV Eastern Africa

ICWEA Kampala Uganda E

International Computing Centre

ICC 1971 Geneva E g

International Confederation of Art Cinemas

1955 Berlin Germany D

International Confederation of Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies

ICCPCA 1969 E v

International Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology


International Conference on Men and Equal Opportunities


International Consortium for Male Contraception

ICMC 2013 Paris France C

International Contraceptive Access Foundation

ICA Foundation 2003 F f

International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women and Children

1921 T g

International Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Women of Full Age

1933 T g

International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

1965 T g

International Council for Peace and Justice

ICPJ El Cerrito CA USA G

International Council of Jewish Women

ICJW 1912 Mexico City C

International Council of Psychologists

ICP 1941 Boulder CO USA B v

International Council of Sqay

ICS 1987 Pampore India G

International Council of Traditional Sports and Games

ICTSG 2009 Lahore E

International Council of Women

ICW 1888 Seoul B

International Council on Social Welfare

ICSW 1928 Sirevåg A y

International Council on Women's Health Issues

ICOWHI 1984 Baltimore MD D v

International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights

ICSFT Geneva Switzerland D

International Court of Justice

ICJ 1946 The Hague Netherlands F g

International Criminal Court

ICC 2002 The Hague F g

International Criminal Justice and Weapons Control Center


International Cultural Youth Exchange

ICYE Federation 1949 Berlin E

International Dalit Solidarity Network

IDSN 2000 Copenhagen E y

International Debate Education Association

IDEA 1999 Utrecht Netherlands D

International Development Exchange

IDEX 1985 San Francisco CA USA G

International Development, UEA

1967 Norwich UK G

International Diabetes Federation

IDF 1950 Brussels Belgium B

International Dialogues Foundation

IDF 1989 F f

International Diamond Manufacturers Association

IDMA 1946 Antwerp Belgium D

International Disability Alliance

IDA 1999 Geneva A y

International Disciples Women's Ministries

IDWM 1949 Indianapolis IN USA G

International Drug Policy Consortium

IDPC 2006 London F y

International Economic Justice League

IEJL Newport Beach CA USA N

International Electrotechnical Commission

IEC 1906 Geneva Switzerland C

International Eurasia-Press Fund

IEPF 1992 Baku Azerbaijan F f

International Expressive Arts Therapy Association

IEATA 1994 San Francisco CA USA N

International Falcon Movement - Socialist Educational International

IFM-SEI 1922 Brussels C

International Federation for Human Rights

1922 Paris B y

International Federation for Research in Women's History

IFRWH 1987 Oulu C

International Federation for Sports Officials

IFSO 2019 The Hague D

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

IFACCA 2000 Surry Hills NSW D

International Federation of Business and Professional Women

BPW International 1930 Cairo B t