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

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 B y International Federations

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y Professional Bodies, International Federations

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

World Federation of Right to Die Societies

WFRtDS 1980 Amsterdam Netherlands C Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of Teachers' Unions

1946 Jalandhar India B y Professional Bodies, International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E Human Rights Organizations

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y UNESCO Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, Clubs

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men

WesleyMen 2001 Lake Junaluska NC USA E

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F Human Rights Organizations

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f Foundations

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f Foundations

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO 2014 Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G Humanitarian Organizations

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F Human Rights Organizations

World Ladies' Billiards and Snooker Association

WLBSA 1981 Wisbech UK D

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World March of Women

WMW Sao Paulo Brazil F

World Merit

Liverpool UK G

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

WNUSP 1991 Odense Denmark B Human Rights Organizations, Alumni and Veterans

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Peace Service

1959 Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

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