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

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network


Southern African Natural Products Trade Association

PhytoTrade Africa 2001 London UK D t

Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council

SATUCC 1983 Gaborone Botswana E t

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Special Committee on Decolonization

C-24 1961 New York NY USA E g

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Sports Rights Owners Coalition

SROC London UK F y

St Joan's International Alliance

SJIA 1931 Minneapolis MN USA F

Standing Voice

London UK G

Standing Women



1991 London UK G

Statisticians Without Borders

2015 Hail Saudi Arabia N

Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

SIHA 1995 Kampala Uganda F

Students for a Free Tibet International

SFT International 1994 New York NY USA E

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Swedish Women's Educational Association International

SWEA 1979 Fort Lauderdale FL USA D

Sweet Adelines International

1947 Tulsa OK USA N

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

SFSA 2001 Basel Switzerland G f

Talitha Kum - International Network against Trafficking in Persons

Talitha Kum 2009 Rome Italy F

Tangent Club International

TCI 2013 E

Tax Justice Network

TJN 2003 Chesham UK F

Tax Justice Network-Africa

TJN-A 2007 Nairobi Kenya F y

Teaching for Change

1986 Washington DC USA N

Teen Missions International

TMI 1970 Merritt Island FL USA N

Teresian Association

1911 Rome Italy R

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G f


1981 Berlin Germany F

Terre des Hommes International Federation

TDHIF 1966 Geneva Switzerland F

The Asfari Foundation

2006 London UK G f

The Bridge: Jewish and Arab Women for Peace in the Middle East

1975 Haifa Israel K v

The Commonwealth Equality Network

TCEN 2013 London UK C y

The Elders Foundation

2007 London UK F fv

The Freedom Fund

2013 New York NY USA G

The Girl Generation

J y

The Grail - International Movement of Christian Women

1921 Utrecht Netherlands F v

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Hague Institute 2011 The Hague Netherlands G

The International Alliance for Women

TIAW 1980 Washington DC USA F

The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism

IMADR 1988 Tokyo Japan F

The MATCH International Women's Fund

1976 Ottawa ON Canada G f

The Other Foundation

Saxonwold South Africa F f

The Rockefeller Foundation

1913 New York NY USA F f

The World According to Women

1986 Brussels Belgium G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

The World Justice Project

WJP 2006 Washington DC USA F

Third Way

1990 London UK N

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Berkeley CA USA E v

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G