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

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada

LRWC 2000 Vancouver BC Canada G

Lazarus Union

2007 Vienna Austria F

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment

LITE-Africa 1999 Warri Nigeria G

Leading Women of Africa

LWA 2008 Cape Town F

Liberal International

LI 1947 London UK F y

Libertarian Foundation for Human Assistance

LIFHAS 1985 Schijf Netherlands G f

Libertas International

2009 Alicante Spain F

Liberty Asia


Liberty International

1989 San Francisco CA USA F

Libre organisation mondiale d'aide aux réfugiés

LOMAR 2004 Marseille France G

LIFE Network

2000 Ober-Ramstadt Germany J

Lifeboat Foundation

Gardnerville NV USA N f

Lifelong Learning Platform - European Civil Society for Education

LLLP 2005 Brussels F y


2006 Edinburgh UK J

Lifewater International

1978 Bentonville AR USA G

Light for the World

1998 Vienna Austria F

Ligue de la zone afrique pour la défense des droits des enfants, étudiants et élèves

LIZADEEL 1994 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Ligue des droits de la personne humaine dans la région des Grands-Lacs

LDGL 1993 Kigali Rwanda G

Ligue du droit international des femmes

LDIF 1983 Paris France N

Ligue internationale du droit de la concurrence

LIDC 1930 Lausanne Switzerland C

Ligue suisse des droits de l'homme

Geneva Switzerland G

Ligue tunisienne pour la défense des droits de l'homme

LTDH Tunis Tunisia G

Living Goods

2004 Oakland CA J

Loesje International

1983 Arnhem Netherlands N

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM 1899 London G

Long Distance Advisory Council

LDAC 2004 Madrid Spain E y

Low Impact Fishers of Europe

LIFE Brussels Belgium F

Lucis Trust

LT 1922 New York NY USA F

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Grund- und Menschenrechte

LBI 1992 Vienna Austria G j

Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe

LVMI Europe 2001 Brussels Belgium E j

Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights

2005 Cairo Egypt G


1983 New York NY USA G

Magee Womancare International

MWI 1992 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Magento Association

2018 Chicago IL USA C

Magna Charta Observatory

Bologna Italy E

Magnus Hirschfield Center for Human Rights

1986 Bloomfield NJ USA G

Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Movement

1992 Budapest Hungary G

Maison Afrique, La

1995 Vessigebro Sweden G

Maison des citoyens du monde

MCM 1996 Nantes France G

Make Mothers Matter

1947 Paris France C

Malala Fund

2013 Washington DC F f

Male Contraceptive Initiative

MCI 2013 Raleigh NC USA G

Mama Cash

1983 Amsterdam F f

Manna International

1984 Redwood City CA USA G

Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights

MFHR 1977 Athens Greece G f

Marie-Schlei-Verein - Hilfe für Frauen in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika

1984 Hamburg Germany G

Martín-Baró Initiative for Wellbeing and Human Rights

1989 Jamaica Plain MA USA G f

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

1912 Maryknoll NY USA R

Maryland United for Peace and Justice

MUPJ 1985 Baltimore MD USA G

Masimanyane Women's Rights International

Masimanyane J