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

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 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

Centre de documentation Tiers-Monde, Montpellier

CDTM 1978 Montpellier France G Human Rights Organizations

Centre de documentation, d'éducation et d'action contre les manipulations mentales

CCMM 1981 Paris France N Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Access to Football in Europe

CAFE 2009 London UK E

Centre for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics

CAPWIP 1992 Paranaque City Philippines E

Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights

CCDHR 1994 Burwood Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Communication and Information on Development, Peace and Human Rights

Workshop 3 1979 Hamburg Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Communication Rights

1996 Toronto ON Canada F Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

1976 Sao Paulo Brazil G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Development Aid with Liberty and Progress

1963 Pont-à-Celles Belgium G Humanitarian Organizations

Centre for Documentation and Information on Minorities in Europe-Southeast Europe

CEDIME-SE 1998 Glyka Nera Greece G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Human Evolution Studies

1978 Rome Italy G v

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

CHRDA Buea Cameroon J Human Rights Organizations

Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria

1986 Pretoria South Africa G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for International Public Health Policy, Edinburgh

CIPHP Edinburgh UK N

Centre for International Studies, Managua

1990 Managua Nicaragua G

Centre for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights, Osijek

1992 Osijek Croatia G Human Rights Organizations

Centre for the Study of Women in Latin American History

1998 Lima Peru E v

Centre for Women's Development Studies

CWDS 1980 Delhi India G

Centre for World Solidarity

CWS 1992 Secunderabad India G

Centre international de solidarité ouvrière

CISO 1975 Montréal QC Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Centre rennais d'information pour le développement et la libération des peuples

CRIDEV 1974 Rennes France G

Centre UNESCO de Catalunya

UNESCOCAT 1984 Barcelona Spain G UNESCO Bodies

Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos

CLADH 2005 Mendoza Argentina D Human Rights Organizations

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