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

WePROTECT Global Alliance

2012 Lisse Netherlands B

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West African Network for Human Rights Defenders

WAHRDN 2005 Lomé Togo D

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j


Brussels Belgium D

Whirly-Girls - International Women Helicopter Pilots

1955 Pinehurst NC USA N v


1985 Brussels Belgium F y

Widows Rights International

WRI 1996 G

Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation

WISE 2006 Hull UK N j

Wildlife Justice Commission

WJC 2015 The Hague Netherlands C

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G


1992 Brooklyn NY USA G

Woman and Earth Global Eco-Network

1979 New York NY USA G v

Woman's Missionary Union

WMU 1888 Birmingham AL USA G

WomanCare Global


Womankind Worldwide

1989 London UK F

Women Advancing Microfinance International

WAM International 2003 Washington DC USA F

Women Against Cervical Cancer

WACC Paris France D

Women against Lung Cancer in Europe

WALCE 2006 Orbassano Italy G

Women Against Violence Europe

WAVE 1994 Vienna Austria F

Women and Children International Development Foundation

WCIDF Washington DC USA G f

Women and Development

1976 Copenhagen Denmark G

Women and Development Unit

WAND 1978 Bridgetown Barbados F

Women and Film History International


Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Network

WAGNET 2001 Oxford UK F

Women and Harm Reduction International Network


Women and Health Alliance International

WAHA Paris France D

Women and Land Rights in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe


Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

WLSA 1987 Lusaka Zambia F

Women and Sport, Oceania

WASO 2004 K

Women Cross DMZ

2015 E v

Women Deliver

2007 New York NY USA F

Women Enabled International

WEI Washington DC USA F

Women Engage for a Common Future

WECF 1994 Utrecht Netherlands F y

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

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


Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

WHRD Culemborg Netherlands F

Women in Action Worldwide

WaW 2012 Geneva Switzerland G

Women in Aerospace Europe

WIA Europe Noordwijk-aan-Zee Netherlands D

Women in Aviation International

WIAI 1990 West Alexandria OH USA N

Women in Black

WIB 1988 F