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

World Neighbors

WN 1951 Oklahoma City OK USA G v

World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

WNUSP 1991 Odense Denmark B

World Order Models Project

WOMP 1966 F v

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur B

World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments

UCLG 2004 Barcelona Spain B

World Petroleum Council

WPC 1933 London UK F

World Pickleball Federation


World Pulse

Portland OR USA G

World Renew

1962 Burlington ON Canada G

World Sailing

1907 London B y

World Scout Bureau

WSB 1920 Kuala Lumpur K

World Silambam Association

WSA 1999 Petaling Jaya G

World Society of Victimology

WSV 1979 Holden Hill SA Australia C

World Squash Federation

WSF 1966 Hastings B y

World Trade Organization

WTO 1995 Geneva Switzerland B gt

World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations

WUCWO 1910 Rome Italy B

World Values Survey Association

WVSA 1981 Vienna Austria C

World Women Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

WWIEA 2008 Seoul Korea Rep C

World Women's Security Council


World Womens' Snooker

WWS 1981 Wisbech UK D

World Young Women's Christian Association

World YWCA 1855 Le Grand-Saconnex B

World Youth Empowerment Foundation

WYEF Adelaide SA N f

World's Woman's Christian Temperance Union

WWCTU 1883 Håvik Norway B


1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E


2004 Amsterdam G

Worldwide Association of Women Forensic Experts

WAWFE Reggio Calabria Italy C

Worldwide Organization for Women

WOW Clarence NY USA G

Xaverian Missionary Sisters

1945 Parma Italy R

Y's Men International

1922 Geneva E


1997 Geneva Switzerland G

Young Arab Women Entrepreneurs

YAWE Beirut Lebanon J

Young European Research Universities

YERUN Brussels F

Young Friends of the Earth Europe

Young FoEE Brussels E

Young Global Leadership Foundation

YGLF 2005 New York NY USA G

YOUROPE - The European Festival Association

1998 Bonn D

YourStory International

YSI Centerville MA USA N

Youth Coalition

YCSRR 1999 Ottawa ON Canada F

Youth for Exchange and Understanding

YEU 1986 Brussels Belgium F

Youth For Public Transport

Y4PT 2009 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek F

Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa

YiSHDA 2010 Abuja G

Zonta International

1919 Oak Brook IL USA F