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

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 Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

Asian Women's Human Rights Council

AWHRC 1986 Bangalore India 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

Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women

ARROW 1993 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

Asociación Internacional de Prisiones y Correcciones Capitulo Latinoamericano

ICPALA 2011 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Obstetricia y Ginecologia Infantil y de la Adolescencia

ALOGIA 1993 D

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

AUPEMEC 2003 Malaga Spain G UNESCO Bodies

Assistance to Support Humanity and Need for Aid Organization

ASHNA 2011 Kabul Afghanistan G Humanitarian Organizations

Associated Country Women of the World

ACWW 1930 London UK B

Association des femmes de l'Europe méridionale

AFEM 1996 Paris France D Human Rights Organizations

Association des femmes et des jeunes de la diaspora africaine pour le développement socio-éducatif et agricole de l'afrique

AFDEAA 2000 Dakar Senegal G Human Rights Organizations

Association européenne Cuba libre

1996 Neuilly-sur-Seine France N

Association européenne de pratiques multidisciplinaires en santé mentale de l'enfant, l'adolescent et de la famille

AESMEAF 1992 D

Association Européenne de promotion des droits et de soutien des Personnes en Situation de Fragilité

AEPDSPSF Paris France J

Association européenne de psychopathologie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent

AEPEA 1996 Padua Italy D v

Association femmes d'Europe

1976 Brussels Belgium G v

Association femmes leaders Benelux

2005 Brussels Belgium N

Association for a Free Scandinavia

Bagsvaerd Denmark N

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International

AAALAC International 1965 Frederick MD USA G y International Federations

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ACAMH 1956 London UK G

Association for Childhood Education International

ACEI 1892 Washington DC USA G Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

AHDA 1998 Vienna Austria G Human Rights Organizations

Association for Human Rights Defense International

2000 Newark DE USA N Human Rights Organizations

Association for Humanistic Psychology

AHP 1962 Petaluma CA USA F

Association for Philosophy and Liberation

1982 Coyoacan Mexico G

Association for the Promotion of Human Rights in Central Africa

1997 Yaoundé Cameroon G Human Rights Organizations

Association for the Promotion of the International Circulation of the Press

DISTRIPRESS 1955 London UK B

Association for Women's Rights in Development

AWID 1982 Toronto ON Canada F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Association Francophone de Psychologie and Psychopathologie de l'Enfant et de l'Adolescent

APPEA Courbevoie France N

Association francophone des droits de l'homme âgé

AFDHA Reims France G Human Rights Organizations

Association Internationale de la Femme Marocaine à l'Étranger

AIFME 2008 Sevran France G

Association Internationale des Charités

AIC 1617 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium F v

Association Internationale des Droits de l'Homme

AIDH 1998 G Human Rights Organizations

Association Justice and Environment

J and E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y

Association nationale et internationale de loisirs de rencontres et d'éducation pour les enfants et adolescents précoces

ALREP Nîmes France N

Association of African Women for Research and Development

AAWORD 1977 D v

Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

ACWWS 1994 Washington DC USA N

Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa

ACWECA Nairobi Kenya J

Association of Former UNESCO Staff Members

AFUS Paris 1972 Paris France E v UNESCO Bodies, Alumni and Veterans, Staff Associations

Association of Human Rights Institutes

AHRI 2000 Copenhagen Denmark D Human Rights Organizations

Association of Interbalkan Women's Cooperation Societies, Thessaloniki

AIWCS 1992 Thessaloniki Greece D Human Rights Organizations

Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations

ANSO Warsaw Poland D

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