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

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi India E v

South Asian Free Media Association

SAFMA Lahore Pakistan D

South Asian Women Development Forum

SAWDF Kathmandu Nepal G

South Caucasus Office on Drugs and Crime

SCODC 2010 Tbilisi Georgia D

South Centre

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g

South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons

SEESAC 2002 Belgrade Serbia F g

Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment

SEARICE 1977 Quezon City Philippines E

Southeast Asia Women's Caucus on ASEAN

WC Chiang Mai Thailand E

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization

SEAMEO 1965 Bangkok Thailand D gy

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

SEARCA 1966 Los Baños Philippines E gy

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network


Southern African Natural Products Trade Association

PhytoTrade Africa 2001 London UK D t

Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council

SATUCC 1983 Gaborone Botswana E t

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


SPARC Europe

2004 Veenendaal Netherlands F

Speak Up Africa

Dakar Senegal J

Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Special Committee on Decolonization

C-24 1961 New York NY USA E g

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Sports Rights Owners Coalition

SROC London UK F y

St Joan's International Alliance

SJIA 1931 Minneapolis MN USA F

Standing Voice

London UK G

Standing Women



1991 London UK G

Statisticians Without Borders

2015 Hail Saudi Arabia N

Stichting Justice Initiative

SJI 2001 Utrecht Netherlands F f

Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen

SOMO 1973 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

SIPRI 1966 Solna Sweden E j

Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

SIHA 1995 Kampala Uganda F

Students for a Free Tibet International

SFT International 1994 New York NY USA E

SÜDWIND - Verein für Entwicklungspolitische Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

1979 Vienna Austria G

Suomalaiset Kehitysjärjestöt

Fingo 2018 Helsinki Finland G

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 Hartley Wintney UK F

Sustentabilidad Sin Fronteras


Swedish Women's Educational Association International

SWEA 1979 Fort Lauderdale FL USA D

Sweet Adelines International

1947 Tulsa OK USA N

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

SAHSS 1946 Bern Switzerland G

Swiss Interchurch Aid

1946 Zurich Switzerland G

Talitha Kum - International Network against Trafficking in Persons

Talitha Kum 2009 Rome Italy F

Tangent Club International

TCI 2013 E

Tavistock Institute

1947 London UK N j

Tax Justice Network

TJN 2003 Bristol UK F

Tax Justice Network-Africa

TJN-A 2007 Nairobi Kenya F y

Teaching for Change

1986 Washington DC USA N

Teen Missions International

TMI 1970 Merritt Island FL USA N