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

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

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 Switzerland 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

2013 Johannesburg South Africa F

Wonderland

2002 Vienna Austria F v

Workability International

1987 Sydney NSW Australia D

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

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 Canada B y

World Association for Cooperative Education

WACE 1983 Lowell MA USA F

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Stellenbosch South Africa B y

World Association for Sustainable Development

WASD 2003 London UK C

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 Nanjing China B yt

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

World Association of News Publishers

WAN-IFRA 2009 Paris France B y

World Association of Public Employment Services

WAPES 1989 Brussels Belgium C

World Association of Women Journalists and Writers

1969 General Roca Argentina D

World Autism Organisation

WAO 1998 C

World Bamboo Organization

WBO 1992 Plymouth MA USA C

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 Childhood Foundation

1999 Stockholm Sweden F f

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT USA C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg France 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 USA D

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

WCFLCR S c

World Connect

2005 New York NY USA G

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