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

Women in Black

WIB 1988 F

Women in Cities International

Montréal QC Canada G

Women in Dialogue

WinD 1975 London UK G

Women in Film

WIF 1973 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 Manchester UK F y

Women In International Security

WIIS 1987 Washington DC USA F v

Women in Law and Development in Africa-Afrique de l'Ouest

WiLDAF-AO 1990 F

Women in Need International

WIN International 2002 New York NY USA G

Women in Need International

Bishop Auckland UK N

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 SG Switzerland F

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace

WISCOMP 1999 Delhi Delhi India G

Women in Technology International

WITI 1989 Sherman Oaks CA USA N

Women International Association for Communication - Mediterranean Media

1994 Rende CS 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 San Diego CA USA G

Women Watch Afrika

WWA 1994 Decatur GA USA G

Women Welcome Women World Wide

WWWWW 1984 High Wycombe UK N v

Women Win

Amsterdam Netherlands F

Women With Visible and Invisible Disabilities

WinVisible London UK G

Women with Vision in Africa

WVA Monrovia Liberia G

Women Working Worldwide

WWW 1983 Manchester UK G

Women's Alliance for Democracy

1989 Paris France F

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual

WATER 1983 Silver Spring MD USA N

Women's American ORT

1927 York NY USA G

Women's Brain Project

WBP 2016 F

Women's Campaign International

WCI 1998 Philadelphia PA USA N

Women's Climate Initiative

WCI G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Education Worldwide

WEW 2003 South Hadley MA USA C

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

Women's Feature Service

WFS 1978 Delhi Delhi India F v

Women's Federation for World Peace International

WFWPI 1992 New York NY USA G

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