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 Dialogues Foundation

IDF 1989 F f

International Diamond Manufacturers Association

IDMA 1946 Antwerp Belgium D

International Disability Alliance

IDA 1999 Geneva Switzerland A y

International Disciples Women's Ministries

IDWM 1949 Indianapolis IN USA G

International Drug Policy Consortium

IDPC 2006 London UK 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 Belgium C

International Federation for Human Rights

1922 Paris France B y

International Federation for Research in Women's History

IFRWH 1987 Oulu Finland C

International Federation for Sports Officials

IFSO 2019 The Hague Netherlands D

International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies

IFACCA 2000 Surry Hills NSW Australia D

International Federation of Business and Professional Women

BPW International 1930 Cairo Egypt B t

International Federation of Cinematographers

IMAGO 1992 Brussels Belgium D

International Federation of Fe y Alegria

FIFyA 1955 Bogota Colombia F

International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations

IFHHRO 1989 Utrecht Netherlands D y

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

IFLA 1927 The Hague Netherlands A y

International Federation of Muaythai Associations

IFMA 1993 Bangkok Thailand D

International Federation of Palynological Societies

IFPS 1966 Keyworth UK C y

International Federation of Philosophical Societies

FISP 1948 Milan Italy A y

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

1919 Geneva Switzerland B

International Federation of Training and Development Organizations

IFTDO 1973 Delhi India C y

International Federation of Translators

1953 Paris France B

International Federation of Women in Legal Careers

IFWLC 1929 Maputo Mozambique B

International Federation of Women Lawyers

FIDA 1944 New York NY USA C

International Federation on Ageing

IFA 1973 Toronto ON Canada C y

International Fellowship of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology

IFEPAG 1997 Buenos Aires Argentina F

International Female Boxers Association

IFBA 1997 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA N

International Fistball Association

IFA 1960 Linz Austria D

International Floorball Federation

IFF 1986 Helsinki Finland D

International Forum

IF Copenhagen Denmark G

International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains

ISVC 2013 Horgen Switzerland F

International Foundation for Fair Trade and Development

IFFAD 2000 Chennai India G f

International Foundation for Minority Empowerment and Global Friendship

Wilmington DE USA N f

International Foundation for Population and Development

IFPD 1999 Geneva Switzerland F f

International Foundation for Protection of Freedom of Speech - Adil Soz

Almaty Kazakhstan G f

International Foundation for the Rule of Law and the Independence of Lawyers and Judges

Rome Italy G f

International Foundation for Women Artists

IFWA 2013 New York NY USA F f

International Francophone Institute

IFI 1994 Hanoi Vietnam E j

International Freedom Alliance

2010 The Hague Netherlands J

International Friendship League

IFL 1926 Ross-on-Wye UK F y

International Fund for Agricultural Development

IFAD Rome Italy F fg

International Gender Champions

IGC 2015 E v

International Glaciological Society

IGS 1936 Cambridge UK C v

International Health Cooperative Organization

IHCO 1996 Barcelona Spain E

International Human Development Project

IHDP Big Sur CA USA G

International Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Society

IHRAS 1999 Ikot Ekpene Nigeria G

International Human Rights Association, India

IHRA Pune India N

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