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

Association for Cooperation with the South - Las Segovias

1986 Madrid Spain G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

AHDA 1998 Vienna Austria G Human Rights Organizations

Association for Human Rights Defense International

2000 Newark DE USA N Human Rights Organizations

Association for Humanistic Psychology

AHP 1962 Petaluma CA USA F

Association for Philosophy and Liberation

1982 Coyoacan Mexico G

Association for Progressive Communications

APC 1990 Melville South Africa F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Association for the Prevention of Torture

APT 1977 Geneva Switzerland D v Humanitarian Organizations

Association for the Promotion of Human Rights in Central Africa

1997 Yaoundé Cameroon G Human Rights Organizations

Association for the Promotion of the International Circulation of the Press


Association for Women's Rights in Development

AWID 1982 Toronto ON Canada F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations

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

APPEA Courbevoie France N

Association francophone des droits de l'homme âgé

AFDHA Reims France G Human Rights Organizations

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 Human Rights Organizations

Association Justice and Environment

J and E 2003 Brno Czech Rep F y International Federations

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 Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars

ACWWS 1994 Washington DC USA N Alumni and Veterans

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 UNESCO Bodies, Alumni and Veterans, Staff Associations

Association of Human Rights Institutes

AHRI 2000 Copenhagen Denmark D Human Rights Organizations

Association of Interbalkan Women's Cooperation Societies, Thessaloniki

AIWCS 1992 Thessaloniki Greece D Human Rights Organizations

Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations

ANSO Warsaw Poland D

Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen

2002 Barcelona Spain D y Professional Bodies, International Federations

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 Rencontre CEFIR

1975 Dunkerque France G Institutes

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Associazione Amici dei Bambini

AiBi 1986 San Giuliano Milanese Italy G Human Rights Organizations

Associazione Botteghe del Mondo

1979 Sementina Switzerland G

Associazione New Humanity

Milan Italy N Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Associazione per la Cooperazione Internazionale e l'Aiuto Umanitario

ALISEI 1998 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

ASTRA - Central and Eastern European Women's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

ASTRA Network 1999 Warsaw Poland F Human Rights Organizations

ATHENA Network

ATHENA 2006 F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

ATP World Tour

1990 London UK F Professional Bodies

Atria - Institute for Gender Equality and Women's History

1983 Amsterdam Netherlands G j Institutes

Aura Freedom International

Toronto ON Canada G

Auschwitz Foundation - Centre for Research and Documentation

1980 Brussels Belgium N f Foundations

Australasian Council of Women and Policing

ACWAP 1997 Woden Australia G

Australasian Human Development Association

AHDA 1994 Brisbane Australia G

Australasian Performing Right Association

1926 St Leonards Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Austrian Human Rights Institute, Salzburg

1987 Salzburg Austria N j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations


1961 Fitzroy Australia G

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f Foundations


Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G