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

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva

1973 Geneva Switzerland E y

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York NY

New York NY USA K

NGO Commonwealth Women's Network

CWN 1991 Kampala Uganda F

NGO Working Group for Women, Peace and Security

NGOWG 2000 New York NY USA E y

NGO Working Group on the Security Council

1997 New York NY USA E y

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris E y

Nixon Center

1994 Washington DC USA N

No Peace Without Justice

NPWJ 1993 Brussels Belgium F v

Nobel Women's Initiative

2006 Ottawa ON Canada F v

Non-Aligned Movement

NAM 1961 New York NY USA F g

Nordic APIs

2013 Stockholm Sweden F c

Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities

NARMM 2009 Oslo Norway D

Nordic Association for Women's Studies and Gender Research

1994 D

Nordic Collaboration Group for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

NordCAP 1986 Aalborg Denmark E c

Nordic Council

NC 1952 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Gerontological Federation

NGF 1973 Denmark D

Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics

NORNDiP 2017 F v

Nordic Tourism Collective

2019 Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Women Against Violence

1994 F

Nordic Women Mediators

NWM 2015 Tøyen Norway F y

Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference

S c

Nordisk Copyright Bureau

NCB 1915 Copenhagen Denmark D

Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning og Utdanning

NIFU Oslo Norway G

Nordisk Sangerforbund

NSF 1956 Helsinki Finland D

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Norwegian Church Aid

1947 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Council for Africa

NCA 1967 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Human Rights Fund

NHRF 1988 Oslo Norway G fy

Norwegian People's Aid

NPA 1939 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC 1946 Oslo Norway G

NoSB

1999 Oslo Norway F

Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

NuPECC 1988 Garching Germany F v

Nuru International

Washington DC G

Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights

1998 Waterville ME USA N j

Oaks of Righteousness Movement International

ORMI Lomé Togo N

Observatoire Européen de la Non-Discrimination et des Droits Fondamentaux

OENDDF 2014 Paris France J

Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales, Chile

OLCA Santiago G

Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians - European Network

OIDAC - European Network 2007 Vienna Austria G

Observatory on Values and Education in Humanity

OveHum InterNational G

Oceania Fencing Confederation

OFC 1970 Williamstown VIC Australia D

Oceania Rugby

2000 Surry Hills NSW Australia D

Office of Global Affairs, Ewha

OGA 1985 Seoul Korea Rep N

Office of the Americas

OOA 1983 Santa Monica CA USA G

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva Switzerland E g

Oikocredit

1975 F ey

Oikos - Cooperação e Desenvolvimento

Oikos 1988 Linda-a-Pastora Portugal G

Oikosnet Europe - Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe

EAALCE 1956 Sigtuna Sweden D

Older Women's Network - Europe

OWN Europe 1993 London UK F

Olof Palme International Foundation

Barcelona Spain G f

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