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

United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

UNAFRI 1989 Kampala Uganda E gj

United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders

UNAFEI 1961 Tokyo Japan E gj

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

CCPCJ 1992 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

CSW 1946 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

CESCR 1978 Geneva Switzerland E gv

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

S cg

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

CRC 1989 T g

United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network

1991 Vienna Austria F g

United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

1993 T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 New York NY USA F f

United Nations Girls' Education Initiative

UNGEI 2000 New York NY USA F g

United Nations Global Compact

2000 New York NY USA F y

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Human Rights Council

HRC 2006 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

UNICRI 1968 Turin Italy E gj

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Nations Women's Guild - Geneva

UNWG - Geneva 1970 Geneva Switzerland G v

United Nations Women's Guild - New York

UNWG - New York 1948 New York NY USA E v

United Nations Women's Guild of Vienna

UNWG-Vienna 1967 Vienna Austria G

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland B

UnitedSuccess

2008 J v

UnitingWorld

1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

1992 Paris France F

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Rights Group

URG 2013 Geneva Switzerland F

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

University Women of Asia

UWA 1986 Singapore Singapore E

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

1994 Los Angeles CA USA G fj

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