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

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 Malta 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 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

Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa

JENA Nairobi Kenya F

Jewish Women International

JWI 1897 Washington DC USA E

Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

IPJ 1998 San Diego CA USA G j

Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations Concerning Teaching Personnel

CEART 1967 Geneva Switzerland E

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

Jóvenes del Tercer Mundo

1988 Madrid Spain G

Jus Semper Global Alliance

TJSGA 2002 Moorpark CA USA G

Just Access

2020 Heidelberg Germany G

Just Detention International

JDI 1980 Los Angeles CA USA G

Just Net Coalition

JNC 2014 Bangalore India C y

Just World International

JWI White Plains NY USA G

Just World Partners

1981 Edinburgh UK G

Justice Africa

1999 London UK G

Justice and Peace Netherlands

1972 The Hague Netherlands G f

Justice Coopération Internationale

JCI 2012 Paris France G

Justice in Motion

2005 Brooklyn NY USA G

Justice Studies Centre of the Americas

JSCA 1999 Santiago Chile E g


1993 Brussels Belgium G

Kangaroo Group - Free Movement and Security

1979 Brussels Belgium F v


2005 Brussels Belgium G

KARAT Coalition

1997 Warsaw Poland E

Karl Kahane Foundation

1991 Celerina Switzerland G f

KES International

2001 York UK F

KIBANDA - European Spiritan Centre for Cooperation and Development

2001 Brussels Belgium E


2003 Lijnden Netherlands G

Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women

KFAW Kitakyushu Japan G

Kleiwerks International

KI 1998 Asheville NC USA G

Kofi Annan Foundation

Geneva Switzerland G f

Korean Women's International Network


Kurdish Women Action Against Honour Killing

KWAHK 2000 N

Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

1993 Johanneshov Sweden G f

La Strada International

LSI 1995 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Labour Law Research Network

LLRN 2011 F jy

Ladies Circle International

LCI 1959 E

Ladies European Tour

LET 1978 Denham UK F