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 Muslim Organization for Woman and Family

IMOWF 2002 J

International Network Against Cyber Hate

INACH 2002 F y

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

ESCR-Net 2003 New York NY F y

International Network for Girls

INfG 1995 New York NY USA F

International Network for Humane Education

InterNICHE 1988 Leicester UK F

International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations

INCLO Geneva Switzerland F

International Network of Liberal Women

INLW 1990 Wassenaar Netherlands F

International Network of Women Against Tobacco

INWAT 1990 F

International Network of Women Against Tobacco - Europe

INWAT Europe 1997 Edinburgh UK E

International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists

INWES 2002 Ottawa ON Canada F

International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

FAB 1992 Dearborn MI USA F v

International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls

INEVAWG 2014 F

International News Safety Institute

INSI 2003 London E j

International NGO/CSO Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

IPC Rome E y

International Nuremberg Principles Academy

Nuremberg Academy 2014 Nuremberg G

International Order of Job's Daughters, Supreme Guardian Council

1920 Papillion NE USA G

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

IORG 1922 McAlester OK USA G

International Organisation for Least Developed Countries

IOLDCs 1996 Geneva C

International Organisation of Vine and Wine

OIV 1924 Paris France C gy

International Organization for Educational Development

IOED 2014 Delhi India G v

International Organization for Human Rights Protection

IOHRP 1999 Delhi India N

International Organization for Promoting Public Diplomacy, Science, Education and Youth Cooperation

Eurasian Commonwealth 1994 Moscow Russia D

International Organization for Science and Technology Education

IOSTE 1979 Sao Paulo C v

International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality

IOSDE J

International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

EAFORD 1976 Geneva Switzerland C

International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education

1985 Geneva Switzerland C

International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women's Health

IOPTWH 1999 E

International Organization of Women and Mathematics Education

IOWME 1980 Stockholm Sweden C

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Padel Federation

FIP 1991 Madrid Spain C

International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

IPPFoRB 2014 Oslo Norway F

International Parkour Federation

IPF 2014 C

International Partnership for Human Development

IPHD 1983 Leesburg VA USA G

International Partnership for Microbicides

IPM 2002 Silver Spring MD USA F

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development

PaRD 2016 Bonn Germany F y

International Peace Commission

IPC 2000 Kansas City MO USA G

International PEN

1921 London B

International People's College

IPC 1921 Helsingør G

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London F yt

International Planned Parenthood Federation

IPPF 1952 London UK B y

International Platform for Black, Migrant and Refugee Women's Organizations

TIYE International 1994 Utrecht Netherlands G

International Polar Tourism Research Network

IPTRN 2006 North Bay ON Canada F

International Pole Dance Fitness Association

IPDFA 2007 C

International Presentation Association

IPA New York NY USA F

International Prostitutes Collective

IPC 1975 London UK G

International Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid F

International Rafting Federation

IRF 1997 Cape Town C

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Religious Freedom Alliance

IRF 2020 J g

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