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 Human Rights Commission

IHRC 2016 Frydek-Mistek Czechia N

International Human Rights Council

Chicago IL USA G

International Human Rights Law Clinic

1990 Washington DC USA G

International Human Rights Observer

IHRO 1961 Islamabad Pakistan G

International Human Rights Protector's Group

IHRPG 2011 Howrah India G

International Humanity Foundation

IHF 1987 San Diego CA USA G f

International Indigenous Women's Forum

IIWF 2000 Lima Peru F

International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO

ICHCAP 2005 Daejeon Korea Rep E g

International Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development

INHURED International 1987 Kathmandu Nepal E j

International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law

IIJ 2014 Valletta Malta F g

International Institute for Justice Excellence

IIJE The Hague Netherlands C

International Institute for Religious Freedom

IIRF Bonn Germany E jv

International Institute for Rights and Development-Geneva

IRD-Geneva Geneva Switzerland J

International Institute for Sustainable Development

IISD 1990 Winnipeg MB Canada F j

International Institute of Inspiration Economy

IIIE 2015 Hamad Town Bahrain D j

International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women

S c

International Islamic Court of Justice

Jeddah Saudi Arabia F gp

International Justice Analysis Forum

IJA Forum Freiburg-Breisgau Germany G

International Justice Mission

IJM Arlington VA USA G

International Justice Network

IJN 2006 N

International Juvenile Justice Observatory

IJJO 2002 Brussels Belgium G

International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology under the Auspices of UNESCO

IKCEST Beijing China J

International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics

iKNOW Politics 2007 F

International Labour Organization

ILO 1919 Geneva Switzerland B g

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

ILGA World 1978 Geneva Switzerland C y

International Lithosphere Program

ILP 1980 Columbia MO USA F

International Lupin Association

ILA 1980 Temuco Chile C

International Lutheran Women's Missionary League

ILWML 1942 St Louis MO USA G

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Maritime Rescue Federation

IMRF 1924 Enfield UK C y

International Mediterranean Women's Forum

IMWF 1992 Turin Italy E

International Methane Emission Observatory

IMEO 2021 J g

International Movement for a Just World

JUST Petaling Jaya Malaysia G v

International Movement for Therapeutic Free Choice

1968 Paris France N

International Music Council

IMC 1949 Paris France A y

International Muslim Organization for Woman and Family

IMOWF 2002 J

International Network Against Cyber Hate

INACH 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

ESCR-Net 2003 New York NY USA 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 UK E j

International NGO/CSO Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

IPC Rome Italy E y

International Nuremberg Principles Academy

Nuremberg Academy 2014 Nuremberg Germany G

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