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

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

World Dodgeball Association

WDA 2013 Manchester UK C

World Employment Confederation

WEC 1967 Brussels Belgium C

World Esports Consortium

WESCO 2016 Beijing China B y

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B yt

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E t

World Fair Trade Organization, Asia

WFTO-Asia Chiang Mai Thailand D t

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome Italy C

World Federation of Chiropractic

WFC 1988 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Federation of Consuls

FICAC 1982 Brussels Belgium C

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women

WFM and UCW 1939 New Plymouth New Zealand B

World Federation of Right to Die Societies

WFRtDS 1980 Amsterdam Netherlands C

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 2001 B

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A yt

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Paris France E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men

WesleyMen 2001 Lake Junaluska NC USA E

World Food Programme

WFP 1961 Rome Italy F g

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy G

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO 2014 Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Inspiring Network

WIN 2016 Accra Ghana G

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research

WINIR 2013 Coventry UK F

World Jewish Congress

WJC 1936 New York NY USA C y

World Kabaddi Federation

WKF 2004 D

World Kashmir Freedom Movement

WKFM 1990 F

World League for Freedom and Democracy

WLFD 1966 Taipei Taiwan F y

World Libertarian Order

WLO 1983 N v

World March of Women

WMW Sao Paulo Brazil F

World Martial Arts Union

WoMAU 2002 Chungju Korea Rep C

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