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 Type III

Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

APA 1999 Bangkok Thailand F y Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Urologists

APAPU 1998 New Taipei City Taiwan D

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health

APCOM 2007 Bangkok Thailand D y International Federations

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney Australia F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

APWLD 1986 Chiang Mai Thailand F v Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Human Rights Information Center

HURIGHTS Osaka 1994 Osaka Japan G Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asia Pacific Society for the Study of the Aging Male

APSSAM 2001 Subang Jaya Malaysia D

Asia Pacific Women's Watch

APWW Colombo Sri Lanka F

Asia Women in Motorsport Association


Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious

AMOR 1971 Yangon Myanmar F

Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights

APCCRPR Broadway Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Asia-Pacific Centre for Women and Technology

APCWT Ballarat Australia E

Asia-Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition

APSWC 2006 Singapore Singapore D

Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO

ACCU 1971 Tokyo Japan E UNESCO Bodies

Asian Aid Organization

1966 Wauchope Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

Asian Baptist Women's Union

ABWU Singapore Singapore E

Asian Bird Fair Network

ABF 2010 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples

ACPP 1979 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Centre for Human Rights

ACHR Delhi India G Human Rights Organizations

Asian Church Women's Conference

ACWC 1958 F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Coalition for Housing Rights

ACHR 1988 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

AFAD 2000 Quezon City Philippines D Human Rights Organizations

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Human Rights Commission

AHRC 1984 Hong Kong Hong Kong E Human Rights Organizations

Asian Indigenous Women's Network

AIWN 1993 Baguio City Philippines F

Asian Institute for Human Rights

AIHR Bangkok Thailand G j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j Institutes

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j Institutes, Alumni and Veterans

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body

AMCB 1996 Kowloon Hong Kong D Human Rights Organizations

Asian Network for Free Elections

ANFREL 1997 Bangkok Thailand F y International Federations

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Kathmandu Nepal D y Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions

ANNI 2006 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations

AFUCA 1974 Tokyo Japan E UNESCO Bodies, Clubs

Asian Pacific Women's Information Network Center

APWINC 1996 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Japan D

Asian Regional Resource Centre for Human Rights Education

ARRC Bangkok Thailand G Human Rights Organizations

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Japan E j Institutes

Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

ASCAPAP 1996 Kobe Japan D Professional Bodies

Asian University for Women

AUW Chittagong Bangladesh J

Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum

AWCF 1990 Quezon City Philippines F

Asian Women's Conference

S c Human Rights Organizations, Conference Series

Asian Women's Human Rights Council

AWHRC 1986 F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association

AWNA 1996 Aichi Japan E

Asian Women's Resource Centre for Culture and Theology

AWRC 1987 Chennai India E

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian Youth Centre

AYC 1984 Andhra Pradesh India E

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi India G Human Rights Organizations

Asian-Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy

APLFD 1954 Taipei Taiwan F Human Rights Organizations