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

Association of Former UNESCO Staff Members

AFUS Paris 1972 Paris France E v

Association of Interbalkan Women's Cooperation Societies, Thessaloniki

AIWCS 1992 Thessaloniki Greece D

Association of Nordic and Pol-Balt LGBTQ Student Organizations

ANSO Warsaw Poland D

Association of Nordic Engineers

ANE 2007 Copenhagen Denmark D

Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen

2002 Barcelona Spain D y

Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations

APSO 2017 B y

Association of Paroling Authorities International

APAI 1960 Huntsville TX USA G

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

ASAIHL 1956 Bangkok Thailand D

Association of Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa

WOMESA 2007 Mombasa Kenya D

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

AWHONN 1969 Washington DC USA G

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pour la promotion des droits de l'homme en Afrique centrale

APDHAC 1997 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Association Rencontre CEFIR

1975 Dunkerque France G

Association Roger Riou

1975 Paris France G

Associazione A Sud Ecologia e Cooperazione

A Sud 2003 Rome Italy G

Associazione Amici dei Bambini

AiBi 1986 San Giuliano Milanese Italy G

Associazione Botteghe del Mondo

1979 Sementina Switzerland G

Associazione Internazionale della Pace e Diritti Umani

AIDP Rome Italy N

Associazione Mondo Giusto

AMG 1972 Lecco Italy G

Associazione per la Cooperazione Internazionale allo Sviluppo, ETS

COOPERMONDO 2007 Rome Italy G

Associazione per la Cooperazione Internazionale e l'Aiuto Umanitario

ALISEI 1998 Milan Italy G

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

ASTRA Network 1999 Warsaw Poland F

ATHENA Network

ATHENA 2006 F y

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

ATP Tour

1990 Wimbledon UK F

Atria - Institute for Gender Equality and Women's History

1983 Amsterdam Netherlands G j

Aura Freedom International

Toronto ON Canada G

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society

ACNS 2012 Newcastle NSW Australia G

Australasian Council of Women and Policing

ACWAP 1997 Woden ACT Australia G

Australasian Democratic Education Community

ADEC Lane Cove NSW Australia G

Australasian Human Development Association

AHDA 1994 Brisbane QLD Australia G

Australasian Performing Right Association

1926 St Leonards NSW Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F


1961 Fitzroy VIC Australia G

Aviation Security Services Association - International

ASSA-I 2002 Wemmel Belgium D

Avocats Sans Frontières

ASF 1992 Brussels Belgium F v

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan Italy G f

Badminton Europe

BEC 1967 Brøndby Denmark D

Baltic Coalition for PLWHIV

NGO BaCo 2018 D


2002 Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G


1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Baptist Women of the Pacific

BWP Bracken Ridge QLD Australia E

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWUA Falls Church VA USA D

BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

Baring Foundation

1969 London UK G f

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 London UK F

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G