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 Intercultural Network

WIN 1994 San Francisco CA USA G

Women's International Boxing Federation

WIBF Miami Beach FL USA N

Women's International Center

WIC 1982 San Diego CA USA N

Women's International Cultural Federation

1961 Paris France D

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 Sao Paulo Brazil B Human Rights Organizations

Women's International Forum

WIF 1975 New York NY USA F

Women's International Fund for Education

WIFE 2010 G f Funds, Funds

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva Switzerland C Human Rights Organizations

Women's International Match Racing Association


Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA Stonehaven UK D

Women's International Network

WIN 1975 F

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N Professional Bodies

Women's International Networking

WIN 1997 Lausanne Switzerland F

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association

WISTA 1974 Farmsum Netherlands D

Women's International Studies Europe

WISE 1990 F

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv Israel F

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

1918 New York NY USA G

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F Human Rights Organizations

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G Human Rights Organizations

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


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


w@tt 2014 Geneva Switzerland J

WomenStrong International



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