Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Asian Aid Organization

1966 Wauchope NSW Australia G

Asian Association of Women's Studies

AAWS 2007 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian Athletics Association

AAA 1973 Rangsit Thailand D

Asian Baptist Women's Union

ABWU 1958 Singapore Singapore E

Asian Bird Fair Network

ABF 2010 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples

ACPP 1979 Kowloon Hong Kong G

Asian Center for Women's Studies

ACWS 1995 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Centre for Human Rights

ACHR Delhi India G

Asian Church Women's Conference

ACWC 1958 F

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

AFAD 2000 Quezon City Philippines D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development

AFPPD 1981 Tokyo Japan F y

Asian Human Rights Commission

AHRC 1984 Hong Kong Hong Kong E

Asian Indigenous Women's Network

AIWN 1993 Baguio Philippines F

Asian Institute for Human Rights

AIHR Bangkok Thailand G j

Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolutions

AIADR 2018 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia D

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Migrants Coordinating Body

AMCB 1996 Kowloon Hong Kong D

Asian Network for Free Elections

ANFREL 1997 Bangkok Thailand F y

Asian Network for the Rights Of Occupational and Environmental Victims

ANROEV 1997 Kathmandu Nepal D y

Asian Network of Women's Shelters

ANWS 2012 New Taipei City Taiwan F

Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions

ANNI 2006 Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations

AFUCA 1974 Tokyo Japan E

Asian Pacific Women's Information Network Center

APWINC 1996 Seoul Korea Rep G

Asian Paralympic Committee

APC 2002 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Asian Productivity Organization

APO 1961 Tokyo Japan D g

Asian Regional Association for Career Development

ARACD 1970 Sapporo Japan D

Asian Regional Resource Centre for Human Rights Education

ARRC Bangkok Thailand G

Asian Rural Institute - Rural Leaders Training Center

ARI 1973 Nasushiobara Japan E j

Asian Rural Women's Coalition

ARWC 2008 Penang Malaysia D

Asian Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

ASCAPAP 1996 Kobe Japan D t

Asian University for Women

AUW Chittagong Bangladesh J

Asian Women's Conference

S c

Asian Women's Human Rights Council

AWHRC 1986 F

Asian Women's Neurosurgical Association

AWNA 1996 Aichi Japan E

Asian Women's Resource Centre for Culture and Theology

AWRC 1987 Chennai India E

Asian Women's Welfare Association

AWWA 1970 Singapore Singapore N

Asian Youth Centre

AYC 1984 Hyderabad India E

Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies

AAAP 1980 Seoul Korea Rep D

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi India G

Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women

ARROW 1993 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E

Asociación Americana de Juristas

AAJ 1975 Buenos Aires Argentina D

Asociación de Filosofia y Liberación

AFYL 1982 Coyoacan Mexico G

Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos

AEDIDH 2004 Luarca Spain G

Asociación Interamericana de Defensorias Públicas

AIDEF 2003 Santiago Chile D

Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex para América Latina y el Caribe

ILGALAC Buenos Aires Argentina E

Asociación Internacional de Prisiones y Correcciones Capitulo Latinoamericano


Asociación Internacional Juventud Idente

1975 Rome Italy G

Asociación Internacional Mujeres en las Artes

AIMA 1990 Madrid Spain G