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

Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Bosmoreau-les-Mines D

Women's International Network

WIN 1975 F

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N t

Women's International Networking

WIN 1997 Lausanne F

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association

WISTA 1974 Farmsum D

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv F

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

1918 New York NY USA G

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G

Women's Missionary Society - African Methodist Episcopal Church

WMS 1874 Washington DC G v

Women's Network for Peace

1996 Bonn Germany G

Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW 1996 F

Women's Refugee Commission

WRC 1989 New York NY USA G

Women's Squash Association

WSA 1984 E

Women's UN Report Network

WUNRN F

Women's University in Africa

WUA 2002 Harare Zimbabwe G

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's Working Group on Financing for Development

WWG on FfD 2007 Quezon City Philippines E y

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva F f

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F

Women@theTable

w@tt 2014 Geneva Switzerland J

WomenStrong International

G

WomenWatch

1997 New York NY USA F g

WoMin

Johannesburg F

Wonderland

2002 Vienna Austria F v

Workability International

1987 Sydney NSW D

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Vernier Switzerland B

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D

World Association for Christian Communication

WACC 1975 Toronto ON B y

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

World Association of Women Journalists and Writers

1969 General Roca Argentina D

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Business Angels Investment Forum

WBAF F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg E cg

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews

WCGLBTJ 1980 Alexandria VA D

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c

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