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 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

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

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

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

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

Austrian Human Rights Institute, Salzburg

1987 Salzburg Austria N j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f Foundations

BalticFem

Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G

Banafair

1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWAU Falls Church VA USA D

Baptist Women's Union of the South West Pacific

BWUSWP E

BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G

Benelux Court of Justice

1974 Brussels Belgium F g IGOs

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

BJHRF London UK N f

Biblionef International

1989 Paris France G

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f Foundations

Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region

Cairo Egypt E

Black European Women's Council

BEWC 2007 D

Black Sea University for Women

S c Conference Series

Black Women in Europe Social Media Group

BWIESMG 2016 G

Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Nigeria G f

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

bon't worry

2015 Monza Italy G

borderline-europe

Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

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