Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality


Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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 Organisation

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

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 Jeonju Korea Rep E g

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

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 2007 New York NY USA 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 Administrative Sciences

IIAS 1930 Brussels Belgium B jy

International Institute of Humanitarian Law

IIHL 1970 San Remo Italy C j

International Institute of Inspiration Economy

IIIE 2015 Hamad Town Bahrain D j

International Institute of Refrigeration

IIR 1908 Paris France B gj

International Institute on Race, Equality, and Human Rights

Race & Equality Washington DC USA 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 1997 Arlington VA USA G

International Justice Network

IJN 2006 N

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