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's Missionary Society - African Methodist Episcopal Church

WMS 1874 Washington DC USA G v

Women's Network for Peace

1996 Bonn Germany G

Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW 1996 F

Women's Refugee Commission

WRC 1989 New York NY USA G

Women's Squash Association

WSA 1984 E Professional Bodies

Women's UN Report Network

WUNRN F

Women's University in Africa

WUA 2002 Harare Zimbabwe D

Women's Voices Now

WVN Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's Working Group on Financing for Development

WWG on FfD 2007 Quezon City Philippines E y International Federations

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

Women@theTable

w@tt 2014 Geneva Switzerland J

WomenStrong International

G

WomenWatch

1997 New York NY USA F g IGOs

Workability International

1987 Sydney Australia D Human Rights Organizations

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G

Working Together for Human Rights

1989 Lyon France G Human Rights Organizations

World Alliance for Nutrition and Human Rights

WANAHR 1992 The Hague Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

World Alliance for Youth Empowerment

WAYE Bangalore India J

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Geneva Switzerland B Humanitarian Organizations

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Prague Czech Rep B y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Children's Friends

1963 Monaco Monaco C Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B Humanitarian Organizations

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 Bethesda MD USA E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 Bethesda MD USA E v Human Rights Organizations

World Association of Women Journalists and Writers

1969 Rio Negro Argentina D

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Centre for Peace, Freedom and Human Rights

1990 Verdun France G Human Rights Organizations

World Citizen Foundation

New York NY USA G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg France E gc Conference Series, IGOs

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c Conference Series, Human Rights Organizations

World Connect

Waltham MA USA G

World Council Congress Diplomatic Chaplains for Peace, Universal Human Rights and Justice

1998 F Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Arameans - Syriacs

WCA 1983 Hengelo Netherlands E Human Rights Organizations

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 Charleston SC USA F Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

World Court of Human Rights

Washington DC USA J p Human Rights Organizations

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y International Federations

World Emunah Religious Zionist Women's Organization

1977 Jerusalem Israel F

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands C y International Federations

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Free Zones

1999 Geneva Switzerland F

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women

WFM and UCW 1939 New Plymouth New Zealand B

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