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

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G

Business Ethics Network of Africa

BEN-Africa 1999 Stellenbosch South Africa F

CALALA - Fondo de Mujeres

Calala Barcelona Spain G


1993 Canberra ACT Australia G

CamFed International

1993 Cambridge UK G

Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación

CLADE 2002 Sao Paulo Brazil F y

Campaña por una Convención Interamericana de los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos

Lima Peru G

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation

CECI 1958 Montréal QC Canada G

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS 2001 Toronto ON Canada G

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Toronto ON Canada G

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

VOW 1960 Toronto ON Canada G v

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f

Careth Foundation

Truckee CA USA G f

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

Caribbean Employers' Confederation

CEC 1960 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago D

Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation

CFPA 1971 St John's Antigua-Barbuda F

Caribbean Women's Association

CARIWA 1970 The Valley Anguilla D

Caritas Asia

1973 Bangkok Thailand F y

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

CCHRP 1999 Cambridge MA USA G

Carrefour de solidarité internationale

CSI 1974 Sherbrooke QC Canada G y

Casa Alianza

1981 Mixco Guatemala G

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

1903 New York NY USA G v

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 NSW Australia G

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir

CDD 1987 La Paz Bolivia F f

CBE International

1988 Minneapolis MN USA G


1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G


1991 D

Cell Stress Society International

CSSI 1999 Storrs CT USA D

Celtic League

CL 1961 Caerphilly UK D v

Celtic Women International

CWI 1997 Butler WI USA N

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

Center for Economic and Social Rights

CESR 1993 Brooklyn NY USA G

Center for Family and Human Rights

C-Fam 1997 New York NY USA G j

Center for Health and Gender Equity

CHANGE 1994 Washington DC USA G

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development

CEHURD 2007 Kampala Uganda G

Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange

CHOICE Humanitarian 1982 West Jordan UT USA G

Center for Justice and International Law

CEJIL 1991 Washington DC USA E

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

CJP Harrisonburg VA USA G j

Center for Reproductive Rights

New York NY USA G

Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service

2001 Washington DC USA N

Center for Third World Organizing

CTWO 1980 Oakland CA USA G

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Center for Women's Global Leadership

CWGL 1989 New Brunswick NJ USA G

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, Tunis

CAWTAR 1993 Tunis Tunisia E v

Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Charges

1959 T g