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

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

Network of Latin American Women of the Fishery Sector

2000 Montevideo Uruguay F

Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas

1999 Québec QC Canada F

Netzkraft Movement !

1990 Xanten Germany G y

Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland

NAD 1998 Bonn Germany G

New Field Foundation

San Francisco CA USA G f

New Human Rights - International

1977 Paris France F

New Humanity

1987 Rome Italy E

New Humanity Group

1965 Kalamata Greece G

New Internationalist

NI 1975 Oxford UK G

New Women for Europe

NWFE Silly Belgium J

NGO Coalition on Human Rights

NGOCHR Suva Fiji N

NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Geneva

2002 Geneva Switzerland K

NGO Committee on Migration, New York

2006 New York NY USA E

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva

1973 Geneva Switzerland E y

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York NY

New York NY USA K

NGO Commonwealth Women's Network

CWN 1991 Kampala Uganda F

NGO Working Group for Women, Peace and Security

NGOWG 2000 New York NY USA E y

NGO Working Group on the Security Council

1997 New York NY USA E y

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris France E y

Nixon Center

1994 Washington DC USA N

No Peace Without Justice

NPWJ 1993 Rome Italy F v

Nobel Women's Initiative

2006 Ottawa ON Canada F v

Non-Aligned Movement

NAM 1961 New York NY USA F g

Nonviolent Peaceforce

NP 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y

Nordic APIs

2013 Stockholm Sweden F c

Nordic Association for Research on Men and Masculinities

NARMM 2009 Oslo Norway D

Nordic Association for Women's Studies and Gender Research

1994 D

Nordic Collaboration Group for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

NordCAP 1986 Aalborg Denmark E c

Nordic Council

NC 1952 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Gerontological Federation

NGF 1973 D

Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics

NORNDiP 2017 F v

Nordic Tourism Collective

2019 Copenhagen Denmark F

Nordic Women Against Violence

1994 F

Nordic Women Mediators

NWM 2015 Tøyen Norway F y

Nordic Women's and Gender History Conference

S c

Nordisk Copyright Bureau

NCB 1915 Copenhagen Denmark D

Nordisk Institutt for Studier av Innovasjon, Forskning og Utdanning

NIFU Oslo Norway G

Nordisk Sangerforbund

NSF 1956 Helsinki Finland D

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Norwegian Church Aid

1947 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Council for Africa

NCA 1967 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Human Rights Fund

NHRF 1988 Oslo Norway G fy

Norwegian People's Aid

NPA 1939 Oslo Norway G

Norwegian Refugee Council

NRC 1946 Oslo Norway G


1999 Oslo Norway F

Nuclear Physics European Collaboration Committee

NuPECC 1988 Garching Germany F v