Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Arab Women in Maritime Association

AWiMA 2017 J

Arab Women Investors Union

AWIU 2005 Giza Egypt D

Arab Women Organization

AW0 2003 Cairo Egypt D g

Arab Women's Habitat Network

Amman Jordan G

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth Israel K

Arabic Alliance for Freedom and Democracy

AAFD Cairo Egypt J

ARC International

2003 Geneva Switzerland G

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 Education for the Blind

AEB 1987 New York NY USA G

Art International Women Association

AIWA Tbilisi Georgia G

Arts for Global Development

2002 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 Educators in Agriculture and Environment

APEAEN 1997 Los Baños Philippines D

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-Europe People's Forum

AEPF 1996 Amsterdam Netherlands F cy

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