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

Arca Foundation

1952 Washington DC USA G f

Archbishop of Sydney's Anglican Aid

Sydney NSW Australia G f

Architects Council of Europe

ACE 1990 Brussels Belgium D

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Ariadne - European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights

Ariadne 2009 London UK F

Ariel Foundation International

AFI Geneva Switzerland F f

Ark Foundation of Africa

AFA 1986 Washington DC USA G f

Armenian International Women's Association

AIWA 1991 Watertown MA USA G

Art International Women Association

AIWA Tbilisi Georgia G

ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organizations

ACWO 1981 Petaling Jaya Malaysia E


2010 Singapore Singapore F

ASEAN Forum on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia S c

ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

ASEAN-IPR 2011 Jakarta Indonesia E

Asia and Pacific Transgender Network

APTN 2009 Bangkok Thailand F

Asia and the Pacific Policy Society


Asia Democracy Network

ADN 2013 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asia Foundation

1954 San Francisco CA USA G

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

AIPP 1988 Chiang Mai Thailand F

Asia Japan Women's Resource Centre

AJWRC 1994 Tokyo Japan G

Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

ANSAB 1992 Kathmandu Nepal F

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

AOGS 2003 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

APA 1999 Bangkok Thailand F y

Asia Pacific Association of Pediatric Urologists

APAPU 1998 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

APF 1996 Sydney NSW Australia F

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

APWLD 1986 Chiang Mai Thailand F v

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

APRRN 2008 Bangkok Thailand F

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 South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education

ASPBAE 1964 Quezon City Philippines D

Asia Water Council

AWC 2016 Daejeon Korea Rep D y

Asia Women in Motorsport Association


Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious

AMOR 1971 Yangon Myanmar F

Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

2008 St Lucia QLD Australia F

Asia-Pacific Centre for Women and Technology

APCWT Ballarat VIC Australia E

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development

AIBD 1977 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F gjy

Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

APLN 2011 Seoul Korea Rep F v

Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education

APNIEVE 1995 Quezon City Philippines F g

Asia-Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition

APSWC 2006 Singapore Singapore D

Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO

ACCU 1971 Tokyo Japan E

Asian Aid Organization

1966 Wauchope NSW Australia G

Asian Association of Women's Studies

AAWS 2007 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Athletics Association

AAA 1973 Rangsit Thailand D

Asian Baptist Women's Union

ABWU 1958 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 Center for Women's Studies

ACWS 1995 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Centre for Human Rights

ACHR Delhi India G

Asian Church Women's Conference

ACWC 1958 F

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

AFAD 2000 Quezon City Philippines D