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

Bright Future International

BFI Northbrook IL USA G

British Institute of Human Rights

BIHR 1970 London UK G j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Bruno Kreisky Foundation for Outstanding Achievements in the Area of Human Rights

1976 Vienna Austria G f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G Humanitarian Organizations

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B Human Rights Organizations, Trade and Labour Unions

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

CIHRS 1993 Tunis Tunisia E j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

CALALA - Fondo de Mujeres

Calala Barcelona Spain G Human Rights Organizations, Funds


1993 Canberra Australia G

CamFed International

1993 Cambridge UK G

Campaign for an Interamerican Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Lima Peru G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation

CECI 1958 Montréal QC Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

CCIC 1968 Ottawa ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS 2001 Toronto ON Canada G

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights

CLAIHR 1992 Ottawa ON Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights

CANADEM 1997 Ottawa ON Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights

CTHR 1983 Ottawa ON Canada N Human Rights Organizations

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

VOW 1960 Toronto ON Canada G v

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f Humanitarian Organizations

Careth Foundation

Amherst MA USA G f Foundations

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 IGOs

Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation

CFPA 1971 St John's Antigua-Barbuda F Human Rights Organizations

Caribbean Human Rights Network

1987 F Human Rights Organizations

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 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 Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

CBE International

1988 Minneapolis MN USA G


1991 Hong Kong Hong Kong G Humanitarian Organizations, Funds


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

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 Family and Human Rights

C-Fam 1997 New York NY USA G j Human Rights Organizations, Institutes

Center for Health and Gender Equity

CHANGE 1994 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations