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


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 Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

BJHRF London UK N f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

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

Bright Future International

BFI Northbrook IL USA G

British Institute of Human Rights

BIHR 1970 London UK G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Bruno Kreisky Foundation for Outstanding Achievements in the Area of Human Rights

1976 Vienna Austria G f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B Trade and Labour Unions, Human Rights Organizations

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

CIHRS 1993 Tunis Tunisia E j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

CALALA - Fondo de Mujeres

Calala Barcelona Spain G Funds, Human Rights Organizations


1993 Canberra Australia G

CamFed International

1993 Cambridge UK G

Campaign for an Interamerican Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Lima Peru G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation

CECI 1958 Montréal QC Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

CCIC 1968 Ottawa ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS 2001 Toronto ON Canada G

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights

CLAIHR 1992 Ottawa ON Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights

CANADEM 1997 Ottawa ON Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

CTHR 1983 Ottawa ON Canada N Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

VOW 1960 Toronto ON Canada G v

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f Humanitarian Organizations

Careth Foundation

Amherst MA USA G f Foundations

Caribbean Association of Women Police

CAWP 2006 Nassau Bahamas D

Caribbean Baptist Women's Union

Falls Church VA USA K

Caribbean Court of Justice

CCJ 2001 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago F g IGOs

Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation

CFPA 1971 St John's Antigua-Barbuda F Human Rights Organizations