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

Rafto Foundation

1986 Bergen Norway G f

Rainbow Cities Network

RCN Hannover F

Rainbow Rose

2006 E

Rainforest Alliance

1987 New York NY G

Raising the Floor

2010 Le Grand-Saconnex C

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

1984 Lund Sweden G j

RCN Justice et Démocratie

RCN J&D 1989 Brussels Belgium G

Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess, International

RCG-I 1983 Madison WI USA N

Recommendation Complémentaire à la Convention Concernant le Travail de Nuit

1990 T g

Reconstructing Women International

RWI 2007 F

Red de Archivos Diplomaticos Latinoamericanos

RADI 1997 Mexico City Mexico F g

Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres de América Latina y el Caribe

REPEM LAC 1981 La Paz Bolivia F

Red de Escritoras Latinoamericanas

RELAT 1998 Sao Paulo Brazil F

Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe

J y

Red de Latinoamérica y El Caribe de Personas Trans

REDLACTRANS 2004 Buenos Aires Argentina D

Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas y Afrocaribeñas y la Diaspora


Red de Mujeres de Autoridades Maritimas de Latinoamérica

Red-MAMLa 2017 J

Red de Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe en Gestion de Organizaciones

Women in Management 1998 F

Red de Trabajadoras Sexuales de América Latina y el Caribe

REDTRASEX 1997 Buenos Aires Argentina D

Red Latinoamericana para Educación e Investigación en Derechos Humanos

RedLEIDH 2004 North York ON Canada F

Red Latinoamericana y Caribeña por la Defensa de los Derechos de los Niños, Niñas y Adolescentes

REDLAMYC 2000 Mexico City Mexico F

Rede Latino-Americana e Caribenha de Mulheres Negras

CRIOLA 1992 Rio de Janeiro Brazil G


1992 London UK G

Reebok Human Rights Foundation

Canton MA USA G f

Refugee Council

1951 London UK F y

Refugee Council of Australia

RCOA 1981 Glebe NSW Australia G

Refugee Empowerment International

REI 1979 Tokyo Japan G

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn F

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO

Sofia Bulgaria E

Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

1977 Santiago Chile F cg

Regional Council on Human Rights in Asia

1982 Quezon City Philippines F v

Regional Model Forest Network - Asia

RMFN-Asia 2010 F

Regional Secretariat for Gender, Science and Technology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

RESGEST Jakarta Indonesia K

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F


1989 Oslo Norway G f

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

Religious of Sion

1893 Paris France R

Religious Society of Friends

Quakers 1652 Philadelphia PA USA F

Rencontres philosophiques de l'UNESCO

Paris France S c

Reporters sans frontières

RSF 1985 Paris F

Research Institute of Asian Women

RIAW 1960 Seoul Korea Rep N j

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Réseau des Organisations Féminines d'Afrique Francophone

ROFAF 2006 Lomé Togo F

Réseau francophone pour l’égalité femme-homme

RF-EFH 2013 Dakar F y

Réseau International des Droits Humains

RIDH 2008 Geneva Switzerland J

Réseau International des Universités Libres

RIUL 2014 Brussels Belgium J

Réseau pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines


Réseau Universitaire et Scientifique Euro-Méditerranéen sur le Genre et les Femmes

RUSEMEG 2012 Marseille France F f

RESO-Femmes International