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 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 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

World Press Freedom Committee

WPFC 1976 New York NY USA E y International Federations

World Pulse

Portland OR USA G

World Scout Bureau

WSB 1920 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia K

World Union for Peace Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples

Padua Italy G y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations

WUCWO 1910 Rome Italy B

World Veterans Federation

WVF 1950 Paris France B Humanitarian Organizations, Alumni and Veterans, Human Rights Organizations

World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

WWIEA 2008 Seoul Korea Rep C

World Women's Security Council


World Young Women's Christian Association

World YWCA 1855 Le Grand-Saconnex Switzerland B Human Rights Organizations

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide Australia N f Foundations

World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union

WWCTU 1883 Håvik Norway B


2004 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Worldwide Association of Women Forensic Experts

WAWFE Reggio Calabria Italy C

Worldwide Organization for Women

WOW Clarence NY USA G

WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

TRIPS 1994 Geneva Switzerland T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Xaverian Missionary Sisters

1945 Parma Italy R Religious Orders

Y's Men International - Y Service Clubs International

1922 Geneva Switzerland E Clubs


1997 Geneva Switzerland G Human Rights Organizations

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J

Young Global Leadership Foundation

YGLF 2005 New York NY USA G

YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth Coalition

YCSRR 1999 Ottawa ON Canada F Human Rights Organizations

Youth for Exchange and Understanding

YEU 1986 Brussels Belgium F Human Rights Organizations

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa

YiSHDA 2010 Abuja Nigeria G

Youth of the Third World

1988 Madrid Spain G

Zonta International

1919 Oak Brook IL USA F