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 with Vision in Africa

WVA Monrovia Liberia G

Women without Borders

WwB 2001 G

Women Working Worldwide

WWW 1983 Manchester UK G

Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality

WWAFE 2004 London UK J

Women's Alliance for Democracy

1989 Paris France F

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual

WATER 1983 Silver Spring MD USA N

Women's Brain Project

WBP 2016 F

Women's Campaign International

WCI 1998 Philadelphia PA USA N

Women's Climate Initiative


Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Education Worldwide

WEW 2003 South Hadley MA USA C

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

Women's Feature Service

WFS 1978 Delhi India F v

Women's Federation for World Peace International

WFWPI 1992 New York NY USA G

Women's Fund Asia

2004 Colombo Sri Lanka F f

Women's Funding Network

1985 San Francisco CA USA G y

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

WGNRR 1978 Quezon City Philippines F

Women's Group for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation and Other Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

1982 Paris France N

Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society

WHOMS 1880 Charlotte NC USA G

Women's Hospitals Australasia

WHA 1994 Deakin ACT Australia G

Women's Human Rights International Association

WHRIA Paris France G

Women's Information Network of Europe

WINE Berlin Germany F

Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice

Women's Initiatives 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women's Intercultural Network

WIN 1994 San Francisco CA USA G

Women's International Boxing Federation

WIBF Miami Beach FL USA N

Women's International Center

WIC 1982 San Diego CA USA N

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 San Salvador El Salvador B

Women's International Forum

WIF 1975 New York NY USA F

Women's International Fund for Education

WIFE 2010 G f

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva Switzerland C

Women's International Match Racing Association


Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Bosmoreau-les-Mines France 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 Switzerland F

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 Denman Is BC Canada G

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association

WISTA 1974 D

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv Israel 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 USA 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