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 Women's Democracy Network

IWDN 2004 Bethesda MD USA E

International Women's Democrat Union

IWDU 1990 Stockholm Sweden E

International Women's Development Agency

IWDA 1985 Melbourne VIC Australia G

International Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry

IWFCI 1992 Melbourne VIC Australia G t

International Women's Fishing Association

IWFA 1955 Fort Lauderdale FL USA N

International Women's Forum

IWF 1982 Washington DC USA F

International Women's Health Coalition

IWHC 1984 New York NY USA G

International Women's Human Rights Law Clinic

1998 Washington DC USA N

International Women's Initiative

IWI 2012 London UK F

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation


International Women's Media Foundation

IWMF 1990 Washington DC USA F f

International Women's Network Against Militarism

IWNAM 1997 J

International Women's Partnership for Peace and Justice

IWP 2002 Chiang Mai Thailand G

International Women's Peace Service

IWPS 2002 Glenside PA USA G

International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

IWRAW Asia Pacific 1993 Kuala Lumpur F

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

International Women's Writing Guild

IWWG 1976 New York NY USA G

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

IWGIA 1968 Copenhagen F

International Working Group on Women and Sport

IWG 1994 London E

International World Games Association

IWGA 1980 Lausanne Switzerland E y

International Young Nature Friends

IYNF 1975 Prague Czech Rep C

International Youth Alliance for Family Planning

IYAFP 2013 Washington DC USA C v

International Youth Council

IYC 2007 G

International Youth Federation

2014 London UK C

International Youth Reformation Organization

IOREF Ado-Ekiti J


INTLawyers 2010 Geneva F

Internationale des coiffeurs de dames

Intercoiffure Mondial 1925 Paris France F v

Internet Centre Anti-Racism Europe

ICARE 1999 G


1982 Houston TX D

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization

IFCO 1967 New York NY USA G f


1852 Petaling Jaya Malaysia F v

Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications

1971 Moscow C g

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

IRC 1984 Inuvik NT Canada N

IO - Facilitating Space for Feminist Conversations

Io 1974 Quezon City F

IP Justice

San Francisco CA USA G

Isis Internacional, Santiago de Chile

1984 F

Isis Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange

ISIS-WICCE 1974 Kampala Uganda F

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida E j

Islands of Southeast Asian Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health

ISEAN 2009 Jakarta Indonesia F

Istituto Sindicale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo

ISCOS Cisl 1983 Rome Italy G j

Italian Association for Women in Development ONLUS

AIDOS 1981 Rome Italy G

ITUC - Asia Pacific

ITUC-AP 1951 Singapore E t

Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security

1997 Toronto ON Canada N

Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights

JBI 1971 New York NY USA G j

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning

JOICFP 1968 Tokyo Japan G

Jean-Jaurès Foundation

1992 Paris France G f

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F