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

Associated Country Women of the World

ACWW 1930 London UK B

Association Africa 21

Africa 21 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association africaine de défense des droits de l'homme

ASADHO 1991 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Association Catholique Internationale de Services pour la Jeunesse Féminine

ACISJF/In Via 1897 Geneva GE Switzerland C

Association des états généraux des étudiants de l'Europe

AEGEE-Europe 1985 Brussels Belgium F

Association des femmes de l'Europe méridionale

AFEM 1996 Paris France D

Association des femmes et des jeunes de la diaspora africaine pour le développement socio-éducatif et agricole de l'afrique

AFDEAA 2000 Dakar Senegal G

Association européenne Cuba libre

1996 Neuilly-sur-Seine France N

Association européenne de pratiques multidisciplinaires en santé mentale de l'enfant, l'adolescent et de la famille

AESMEAF 1992 D

Association Européenne de promotion des droits et de soutien des Personnes en Situation de Fragilité

AEPDSPSF Paris France J

Association européenne de psychopathologie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent

AEPEA 1996 Padua PD Italy D v

Association Européenne des Institutions Paritaires de la Protection Sociale

AEIP 1996 Brussels Belgium D

Association femmes d'Europe

1976 Brussels Belgium G v

Association femmes leaders Benelux

2005 Brussels Belgium N

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International

AAALAC International 1965 Frederick MD USA G y

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

ACAMH 1956 London UK G

Association for Dental Education in Europe

ADEE 1974 Dublin Co. Dublin Ireland D

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Association for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

AHDA 1998 Vienna Austria G

Association for Humanistic Psychology

AHP 1962 Austin TX USA F

Association for Progressive Communications

APC 1990 Melville South Africa F y

Association for the Prevention of Torture

APT 1977 Geneva GE Switzerland D v

Association for the Promotion of the International Circulation of the Press

DISTRIPRESS 1955 London UK B

Association for Women's Rights in Development

AWID 1982 Toronto ON Canada F y

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association Francophone de Psychologie and Psychopathologie de l'Enfant et de l'Adolescent

APPEA Courbevoie France N

Association Internationale de la Femme Marocaine à l'Étranger

AIFME 2008 Sevran France G

Association Internationale des Charités

AIC 1617 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium F v

Association Internationale des Droits de l'Homme

AIDH 1998 G

Association Internationale pour l'égalité des femmes

AIEF Pontoise France J

Association mondiale des amis de l'enfance

AMADE 1963 Monte Carlo Monaco C

Association nationale et internationale de loisirs de rencontres et d'éducation pour les enfants et adolescents précoces

ALREP Nîmes France N

Association of African Women for Research and Development

AAWORD 1977 D v

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

ACWWS 1994 Washington DC USA N

Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa

ACWECA Nairobi Kenya J

Association of Former UNESCO Staff Members

AFUS Paris 1972 Paris France E v

Association of Interbalkan Women's Cooperation Societies, Thessaloniki

AIWCS 1992 Thessaloniki Greece D

Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations

ANSO Warsaw Poland D

Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen

2002 Barcelona Barcelona Spain D y

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

ASAIHL 1956 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand D

Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa

WOMESA 2007 Mombasa Kenya D

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

AWHONN 1969 Washington DC USA N

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pour la promotion des droits de l'homme en Afrique centrale

APDHAC 1997 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Association Rencontre CEFIR

1975 Dunkerque France G

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G

Associazione Amici dei Bambini

AiBi 1986 San Giuliano Milanese MI Italy G

Associazione Botteghe del Mondo

1979 Sementina TI Switzerland G

Associazione Internazionale della Pace e Diritti Umani

AIDP Rome RM Italy N

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