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

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 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Centre for Human Rights

ACHR Delhi Delhi India G

Asian Church Women's Conference

ACWC 1958 F

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

AFAD 2000 Quezon City Philippines D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Human Rights Commission

AHRC 1984 Hong Kong Central and Western Hong Kong E

Asian Indigenous Women's Network

AIWN 1993 Baguio BEN Philippines F

Asian Institute for Human Rights

AIHR Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G j

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body

AMCB 1996 Kowloon Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asian Network for Free Elections

ANFREL 1997 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F y

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Kathmandu Nepal D y

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions

ANNI 2006 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations

AFUCA 1974 Tokyo Japan E

Asian Pacific Women's Information Network Center

APWINC 1996 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Productivity Organization

APO 1961 Tokyo Japan D g

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Hokkaido Japan D

Asian Regional Resource Centre for Human Rights Education

ARRC Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Tochigi Japan E j

Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

ASCAPAP 1996 Kobe Hyogo Japan D

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

Asian Women's Human Rights Council

AWHRC 1986 F

Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association

AWNA 1996 Aichi Japan E

Asian Women's Resource Centre for Culture and Theology

AWRC 1987 Chennai Tamil Nadu India E

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian Youth Centre

AYC 1984 Hyderabad Telangana India E

Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

AAAP 1980 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi Delhi India G

Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women

ARROW 1993 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

Asociación de Filosofia y Liberación

AFYL 1982 Coyoacan CHIS Mexico G

Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos

AEDIDH 2004 Luarca Asturias Spain G

Asociación Interamericana de Defensorias Públicas

AIDEF 2003 Santiago Santiago Metropolitan Chile D

Asociación Internacional de Prisiones y Correcciones Capitulo Latinoamericano


Asociación Internacional Juventud Idente

1975 Rome RM Italy G

Asociación Internacional Mujeres en las Artes

AIMA 1990 Madrid Madrid Spain G

Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios del Discurso

ALED 1995 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Obstetricia y Ginecologia Infantil y de la Adolescencia


Asociación Latinoamericana para la Producción Animal

ALPA 1966 Calgary AB Canada D

Asociación Miraismo Internacional

AMI 2012 Geneva GE Switzerland E

Asociación para la Cooperación con el Sur - Las Segovias

ACSUR 1986 Madrid Madrid Spain G

Asociación pro Derechos Humanos

APRODEH Lima Lima Peru G

Asociación UNESCO para la Promoción de la Etica en los Medios de Comunicación

AUPEMEC 2003 Malaga Malaga Spain G

Assembly of European Wine Regions

AREV 1988 Brussels Belgium F

Assistance to Support Humanity and Need for Aid Organization

ASHNA 2011 Kabul Kabul Afghanistan G