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

The Sustainable Trade Initiative

IDH 2008 Utrecht Netherlands F f

The World According to Women

1986 Brussels Belgium G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

The World Justice Project

WJP 2006 Washington DC USA F

The World Veterans Federation

WVF 1950 Geneva Switzerland B

Third Way

1990 London UK N

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Oakland CA USA E v

Tics and Tourette Across the Globe

TTAG 2022 Hannover Germany C

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Together for Girls

2009 Washington DC USA J y

Together Women Rise

2003 Greenville SC USA G

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Topeka Center for Peace and Justice

1985 Topeka KS USA G


1991 Dakar Senegal F

Trace Element - Institute for UNESCO

1996 Valence France G j

Transatlantic Christian Council

TCC 2013 Bodegraven Netherlands G

Transnational Giving Europe

TGE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

Transnational Network for Young European Women

LIEN 1989 Utrecht Netherlands K

Treaty for the Relinquishment of Extra-territorial Rights in China

1943 T g

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v

Twelve Gates Foundation

2018 Sunnyside NY USA G f

UBUNTU Liberation Movement

2005 J


1972 Arezzo Italy G

UHAI EASHRI - East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

UHAI 2009 J

UK Race and Europe Network

UKREN 1996 London UK G

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

UN Trust Fund 1996 New York NY USA F fg

UN Women

2010 New York NY USA F g

UN Women for Peace Association

UNWFPA 2008 New York NY USA G

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNECA Staff Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia E v

UNESCO - International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa

IICBA 1997 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E gj

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology

CMST 1988 Sydney NSW Australia J

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Dundee UK G

UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries

Thessaloniki Greece E g

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g

UNESCO Fellowships Programme

1946 Paris France K g

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

IITE 1997 Moscow Russia E gj

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

UIL 1952 Hamburg Germany E gj

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

UIS 1999 Montréal QC Canada E gj

UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UNESCO-UNEVOC 2000 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj

UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education

INRULED 1994 Baoding China G

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G

UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts and Social Sciences in the Asia Pacific Regions

Melbourne VIC Australia N

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g