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 Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Religious Freedom Alliance

IRF 2020 J g

International Religious Liberty Association

IRLA 1889 Silver Spring MD USA G

International Rescue Committee

IRC 1933 New York NY USA F

International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO

IRCAI 2020 Ljubljana J g

International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO

IRCI Osaka Japan E g

International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis

IRGFPSA Stavanger Norway D

International Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America

desiguALdades.net 2009 Berlin Germany G

International Resources for Fairer Trade, India

IRFT 1995 Mumbai India G

International Right to Life Federation

IRLF 1984 Cincinnati OH USA D

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO

ISTIC 2007 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme

ISPAC 1991 Milan E

International Secretariat for Growth and Development

1995 London UK K

International Sericultural Commission

ISC 1948 Bangalore C g

International Service for Human Rights

ISHR 1984 Geneva Switzerland F v

International Size Acceptance Association

ISAA 1997 Austin TX USA N

International Ski Mountaineering Federation

ISMF 1999 Mondovì C

international Smart Advancing Women

iSAW 1996 Minneapolis MN USA N

International Society for Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

ISAPP 1985 Dallas TX USA D v

International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention

ISCAIP 1993 Dunedin New Zealand D

International Society for Ensuring Fair Election

ISEFE Dhaka Bangladesh N

International Society for Equity in Health

ISEqH 2000 Buenos Aires Argentina D v

International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy

ISFED Tbilisi Georgia G

International Society for Health and Human Rights

ISHHR 1993 Fairfield NSW Australia D

International Society for Human Rights

ISHR 1972 Frankfurt-Main Germany C

International Society for Islamic Legal Studies

ISILS 2003 E c

International Society for Justice Research

ISJR 1997 Durham NC USA D v

International Society for Men's Health

ISMH 1999 Clark NJ USA D

International Society for Metal Music Studies

ISMMS 2011 C

International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes

ISPAD 1974 Berlin C v

International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

ISRCAP 1988 Los Angeles CA USA G

International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law

ISRCL 1987 Vancouver BC Canada C v

International Society for the Study of the Aging Male

ISSAM 1997 Geneva Switzerland D

International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

ISSWSH Schaumburg IL USA G

International Society for Tropical Root Crops

ISTRC 1967 Ibadan Nigeria C

International Society for Universal Dialogue

ISUD 1989 Aliso Viejo CA USA C

International Society of Andrology

ISA 1981 Münster Germany C y

International Society of Criminology

ISC 1934 Buckingham B

International Society of Family Law

ISFL 1973 C

International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers

ISOPE 1989 Cupertino CA C

International Society of Root Research

ISRR 1982 Jülich Germany D

International Society of Social Defence and Humane Criminal Policy

ISSD 1946 Milan B v

International Society of Surgery

ISS 1902 Zurich Switzerland B y

International Society of Women Airline Pilots

ISA+21 1978 Las Vegas NV USA D v

International Sociology of Sport Association

ISSA 1965 Ottawa ON Canada E

International South Asia Forum

INSAF 1999 St John's NL Canada N

International Staff Association of UNESCO

ISAU 1981 Paris France E v

International Symposium on Childhood, Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

S c

International Taskforce on Women and Information and Communication Technologies

ITF 2005 Drammen Norway F

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