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 Type III

Women and Health Alliance International

WAHA Paris France D

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe

J Human Rights Organizations

Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

WLSA 1987 Lusaka Zambia F Human Rights Organizations

Women and Sport, Oceania

WASO 2004 K

Women Deliver

2007 New York NY USA F

Women Enabled International

WEI Washington DC USA F Human Rights Organizations

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y International Federations

Women for a Better World

WBW 2003 Occidental CA USA G

Women for Faith and Family

WFF 1984 St Louis MO USA N

Women for Genuine Security

1997 Oakland CA USA G

Women for International Peace and Arbitration

WIPA 1985 Glendale CA USA N

Women for Peace, Sweden

WFP 1979 Stockholm Sweden G

Women for Peace, Switzerland

1994 Volketswil Switzerland G

Women for Water Partnership

WfWfP 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women for Women International

WFWI 1993 Washington DC USA G

Women Help Women

WHW G

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

WHRD Culemborg Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Women in Aerospace Europe

WIA Europe 2011 Noordwijk-aan-Zee Netherlands D

Women in Aviation International

WIAI 1990 West Alexandria OH USA N

Women in Black

WIB 1988 F

Women in Cities International

Montréal QC Canada G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Women in Film

WIF 1973 Los Angeles CA USA F

Women in Film and Television International

WIFT International New York NY USA F

Women in Global Health

WGH 2015 F

Women in Global Science and Technology Network

WISAT Brighton ON Canada F

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing

WIEGO 1997 Cambridge MA USA F y International Federations

Women In International Security

WIIS 1987 Washington DC USA F v Professional Bodies, Institutes

Women in Law and Development in Africa

WiLDAF 1990 Lomé Togo F

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

Women in Need International

WIN International 2002 New York NY USA G

Women in Neurosurgery

WINS 1989 Rolling Meadows IL USA G

Women in Nuclear

WIN 1989 London UK F

Women in Parliaments Global Forum

WIP St Gallen Switzerland F

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace

WISCOMP 1999 Delhi India G

Women in Technology International

WITI 1989 Sherman Oaks CA USA N

Women International Association for Communication - Mediterranean Media

1994 Rende Italy G

Women Living under Muslim Laws

WLUML 1984 London UK F

Women Mentor Association

WMA J

Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women of the Americas

Toronto ON Canada K

Women on Waves

Amsterdam Netherlands G

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women PeaceMakers Program

WPP 1997 San Diego CA USA G

Women Thrive Worldwide

1998 Washington DC USA G

Women to the World

1987 Athens GA USA N

Women Today International

Orlando FL USA G

Women Waging Peace Network

1999 Cambridge MA USA G

Women Watch Afrika

WWA 1994 Decatur GA USA G

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