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

MenEngage Alliance

2004 Washington DC USA F

Mercy Without Limits

MWL 2012 Overland Park KS USA G

Mesoamerican Women in Resistance


Micro Rainbow International Foundation

MRI Foundation J f

Middle East Women's Leadership Network

MEWLN 2013 G

Midwives for Midwives and Women's Health International

MFM Catskill NY USA N

Migrants Rights International

MRI 1994 Geneva Switzerland F


2006 Paris France F y

Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation

PUF Namur Belgium G f

MindFreedom International

1986 Eugene OR USA F

Minority Rights Group International

MRG 1966 London UK F y

Mission Inclusion

Outremont QC Canada G

Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles

1876 Cork Ireland R

Mona Foundation

Kirkland WA USA N f

MOPS International

1973 Denver CO USA G

More and Better

Rome Italy F y

Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa

Moremi Initiative 2004 Accra Ghana G

Moscow School of Human Rights

Moscow Russia G

Mothers Legacy Project

Portland OR USA G

Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples

1949 Paris France G

Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom

MENF 2014 Brussels Belgium F

Movement for Disarmament, Peace and Liberty

MDPL 1963 Saint-Étienne France G

Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Freedom

1982 Madrid Spain G

Movendi International

1851 Stockholm Sweden C

Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia de Latinoamérica y El Caribe



1971 Rome Italy G

Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights of Non-scheduled Air Services among the Association of South-East Asian Nations

1971 T g

Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights of Non-scheduled Air Services in Europe

1956 Montréal QC Canada T g

Multinational Development of Women in Technology

MDWIT 2006 Baltimore MD USA G

Mundus maris

2010 Brussels Belgium F


2009 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F

Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

KARAMAH 1993 Washington DC USA G

Myanmar Actions for Mission and Evangelism

MAME 2014 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

MyData Global


MyRight - Empower People with Disabilities

1981 Stockholm Sweden G

NA'AMAT Movement of Working Women and Volunteers

1921 Tel Aviv Israel G

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Nagoya Protocol 2010 T g


2011 Washington DC USA F

Naz Foundation International

London UK G f

Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples

NCIV 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights

1981 Utrecht Netherlands G j

Network for Business Sustainability

NBS 2005 London ON Canada F

Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa

EQUINET 1998 Harare Zimbabwe F

Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

2013 Helsinki Finland F y

Network of African National Human Rights Institutions

NANHRI 1996 Nairobi Kenya F

Network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians

NAWMP Conakry Guinea F

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

NALAS 2001 Skopje North Macedonia E y

Network of East-West Women

NEWW 1991 Gdansk Poland F y

Network of Education Policy Centers

NEPC 2006 Zagreb Croatia F

Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations

NELFA 2009 Brussels Belgium D