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

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


1958 Vällingby Sweden G

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

LVFO 1994 Jinja Uganda E g

Landesa - Rural Development Institute

Landesa 1967 Seattle WA USA G j

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering Germany G

Lanka Mahila Samiti

1930 Colombo Sri Lanka G

Lasallian Projects

1985 Oxford UK G

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights

1987 Lima Peru F

Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fairtrade Producers

2004 Santa Tecla El Salvador F t

Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network


Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Association for Human Rights

1980 Montevideo Uruguay D

Latin American Baptist Women's Union

1950 Cajamarca Peru E

Latin American Center for Perinatology/Unit of Woman and Reproductive Health

CLAP/WR 1970 Montevideo Uruguay E g

Latin American Congress to Defend the Rights of the Jewish Minority in the Soviet Union

New York NY USA S c

Latin American Coordination Table for Fair Trade

2004 Lima Peru F t

Latin American Federation of University Women

1996 Santiago Chile D

Latin American Group for Public Administration

LAGPA/IIAS 2010 Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Latin American Solidarity Group of Norway

1977 Oslo Norway N

Latin American Women's Network to Transform the Economy

1997 La Paz Bolivia F

Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies

LCHRES 1993 Riga Latvia G

Laudes Foundation

2020 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

London UK J f

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 South Africa F

Leprosy Mission International

TLMI 1874 Brentford UK F

LGBT Humanists

1979 London UK G

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 Belgium 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