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 Type III

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

AWHONN 1969 Washington DC USA N

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association Rencontre CEFIR

1975 Dunkerque France G Institutes

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Associazione Amici dei Bambini

AiBi 1986 San Giuliano Milanese Italy G Human Rights Organizations

Associazione Botteghe del Mondo

1979 Sementina Switzerland G

Associazione New Humanity

Milan Italy N Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Associazione per la Cooperazione Internazionale e l'Aiuto Umanitario

ALISEI 1998 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

ASTRA - Central and Eastern European Women's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

ASTRA Network 1999 Warsaw Poland F Human Rights Organizations

ATHENA Network

ATHENA 2006 F y Human Rights Organizations, International Federations

ATP World Tour

1990 London UK F Professional Bodies

Atria - Institute for Gender Equality and Women's History

1983 Amsterdam Netherlands G j Institutes

Aura Freedom International

Toronto ON Canada G

Auschwitz Foundation - Centre for Research and Documentation

1980 Brussels Belgium N f Foundations

Australasian Council of Women and Policing

ACWAP 1997 Woden Australia G

Australasian Human Development Association

AHDA 1994 Brisbane Australia G

Australasian Performing Right Association

1926 St Leonards Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Austrian Human Rights Institute, Salzburg

1987 Salzburg Austria N j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes


1961 Fitzroy Australia G

Aviation Security Services Association - International

ASSA-I 2002 Wemmel Belgium D

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f Foundations

Baltic Coalition for PLWHIV

NGO BaCo 2018 D


Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G


1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWAU Falls Church VA USA D

Baptist Women's Union of the South West Pacific


BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

Baring Foundation

1969 London UK G f Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G

Benelux Court of Justice

1974 Brussels Belgium F g IGOs

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

BJHRF London UK N f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Biblionef International

1989 Paris France G

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f Foundations

Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region

Cairo Egypt E

Black European Women's Council

BEWC 2007 D

Black Sea University for Women

S c Conference Series

Black Women in Europe Social Media Group


Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Nigeria G f Foundations

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

bon't worry

2015 Monza Italy G


Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f Foundations

Boys' Brigade, The

BB 1883 Hemel Hempstead UK F

BPW Europe - European Region of BPW International

1985 Brussels Belgium D Professional Bodies


1972 Dhaka Bangladesh F

Bread for the World - Protestant Development Service

1959 Berlin Germany G Human Rights Organizations


New York NY USA N Human Rights Organizations