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

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC-Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

University Women of Asia

UWA 1986 Singapore Singapore E

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

1994 Los Angeles CA USA G fj

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G


1993 Liebefeld Switzerland G

Verdens Skove

1983 Aarhus Denmark G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Victim Support Europe

VSE 1989 Brussels Belgium D

Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women

1982 E y

Vier Pfoten International

Vienna Austria F

Village Monde

2010 Québec QC Canada G

Virtual Educa

2000 Washington DC USA F

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO 1985 Crawley UK G

Vision GRAM-International

1996 Ottawa ON Canada G

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

Voice and Speech Trainers Association

VASTA 1986 Kingston WA USA G v

Voices Without Frontiers

VWF 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1987 Rome Italy F

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International

VOSH/International 1972 Omaha NE USA G

Walk Free Foundation

WFF Nedlands WA Australia G f

Walk21 Foundation

Walk21 2000 Cheltenham UK F f


1989 Lomé Togo E

War Child

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

Washington Office on Latin America

WOLA 1974 Washington DC USA G

Wassu-UAB Foundation

1987 Bellaterra Spain G f

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Watchlist 2001 New York NY USA G

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y


1981 London UK F

WATU Acción Indigena

1993 Madrid Spain N


Brussels Belgium N

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

Weavers Committee

1989 Suva Fiji E y

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v