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

Caribbean Women's Association

CARIWA 1970 The Valley Anguilla D

Caritas Asia

1973 Bangkok Thailand F y International Federations

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

CCHRP 1999 Cambridge MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Carrefour de solidarité internationale

CSI 1974 Sherbrooke QC Canada G y International Federations

Cartoonists Rights Network International

CRN International Fairfax Station VA USA F Human Rights Organizations

Casa Alianza

1981 Mixco Guatemala G Human Rights Organizations

Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development

CCFD-Terre Solidaire 1961 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

1903 New York NY USA G v

Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute

New York NY USA N j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Catholic Women's Movement of Austria

Vienna Austria G

Catholics for Choice

1973 Washington DC USA F

Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace

CCJP 1987 Enfield South Australia G

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir

CDD 1987 La Paz Bolivia F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

CBE International

1988 Minneapolis MN USA G

CEDAR Fund

1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe

1991 Brussels Belgium D

Celtic League

CL 1961 Caerphilly UK D v

Celtic Women International

CWI 1997 Butler WI USA N

CEMAC Community Court of Justice

Ndjamena Chad F g IGOs

CEMR Committee of Women Elected Representatives of Local and Regional Authorities

CWERLRA 1991 Paris France K

Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame IN

CCHR Notre Dame IN USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Economic and Social Rights

CESR 1993 Brooklyn NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Health and Gender Equity

CHANGE 1994 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development

CEHURD 2007 Kampala Uganda G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington DC

1990 Washington DC USA G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange

CHOICE Humanitarian 1982 West Jordan UT USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Center for International Human Rights

1998 Chicago IL USA N Human Rights Organizations

Center for Justice and International Law

CEJIL 1991 Washington DC USA E Human Rights Organizations

Center for Reproductive Rights

New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Center for Rural Empowerment and the Environment

CREE 2007 J

Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service

2001 Washington DC USA N Institutes

Center for Third World Organizing

CTWO 1980 Oakland CA USA G

Center for Women's Global Leadership

CWGL 1989 New Brunswick NJ USA G

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, Tunis

CAWTAR 1993 Tunis Tunisia E v

Central African Network of AIDS Service Organizations

CANASO Kinshasa Congo DR K Human Rights Organizations

Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Charges

1959 T g Treaties, IGOs

Central American Court of Justice

1907 Managua Nicaragua F g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Central American Institute for Political Studies

1968 Guatemala Guatemala G j Institutes

Central American Union

1997 J gp Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Central American Women's Fund

2003 Managua Nicaragua F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Central and Eastern European Media Centre Foundation

EMF-FCP 1990 Warsaw Poland F f Foundations, UNESCO Bodies

Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues

1997 Ljubljana Slovenia K

Central Asia Institute

CAI 1996 Bozeman MT USA N j Institutes

Centre Afrika Obota

CAO 1989 Cotonou Benin E Human Rights Organizations

Centre d'études des discriminations, du racisme et de l'antisémitisme

CEDRA 2005 Paris France G

Centre d'études des droits du monde arabe

CEDROMA 1997 Beirut Lebanon G Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Centre d'Information et de Formation en matière de Droits Humains en Afrique

CIFDHA 2009 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso G

Centre de documentation internationale pour le développement, les libertés et la paix

CEDIDELP 1981 Paris France G Human Rights Organizations

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