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

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

CEDIME-SE 1998 Glyka Nera Greece G

Centre for European Social and Economic Policy

CESEP 1987 Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Experiential Negotiation and Applied Diplomacy

CENAD Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

CHRDA Buea Cameroon J

Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria

1986 Pretoria South Africa G

Centre for International Studies, Managua

1990 Managua Managua Nicaragua G

Centre for Women's Development Studies

CWDS 1980 Delhi Delhi India G

Centre for World Solidarity

CWS 1992 Secunderabad Telangana India G

Centre international d'initiation aux droits de l'homme

CIDH Sélestat France N

Centre international de solidarité ouvrière

CISO 1975 Montréal QC Canada G

Centre international pour l'éducation des filles et des femmes en Afrique de l'Union Africaine

UA/CIEFFA Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

Centre régional d'intervention pour la coopération, Reggio Calabria

1983 Reggio Calabria RC Italy G

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

CRIDEV 1974 Rennes France G

Centre UNESCO de Catalunya

UNESCOCAT 1984 Barcelona Barcelona Spain G

Centro de Derechos Humanos 'Fray Bartolome de las Casas'

CDHFBC 1989 Chiapas Mexico N

Centro de Derechos Humanos 'Fray Francisco de Vitoria'

CDHFV 1984 Mexico City CDMX Mexico N

Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez

Centro Prodh 1988 Mexico City CDMX Mexico G

Centro de Estudios la Mujer en la Historia de América Latina

CEMHAL 1998 Lima Lima Peru E v

Centro Interfacoltà per la Cooperazione con i Paesi in Via di Sviluppo

CICOPS 1984 Pavia PV Italy G

Centro Internacional de Direitos Económicos, Sociais e Culturais

CIDESC 2003 Lisbon Portugal G

Centro Internacional de Politica Económica para el Desarrollo Sostenible

CINPE 1995 Heredia Heredia Heredia Costa Rica G

Centro Internacional para los Derechos Humanos de los Migrantes

CIDEHUM 1999 San José San José San José Costa Rica G

Centro Latino-Americano em Sexualidade e Direitos Humanos

CLAM 2002 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil D

Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos

CLADH 2005 Mendoza Argentina D

Centro Regional de Promoción de la MIPYME

CENPROMYPE 2001 San Salvador San Salvador El Salvador E

Centro UNESCO del Pais Vasco

UNESCO Etxea 1991 Bilbao Álava Spain G

Cetacean Freedom Network


Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

2000 Luxembourg Luxembourg T g

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

2008 London UK G f

Child Rights Asianet Centre

Bangkok Bangkok Thailand G

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

Childhood Education International

CE International 1892 Washington DC USA G

ChildHope UK

1989 London UK G

Children in Crossfire

Londonderry UK J

Children's Rights Advocacy and Lobby Mission - Africa

CALM Africa 2004 Kampala Uganda G

Children's Rights European Academic Network

CREAN 2004 Sion VS Switzerland F

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j

Chol-Chol Foundation for Human Development

1971 Temuco Araucanía Chile G f

Christian Action

1985 Kowloon Kowloon Hong Kong G

Christian Committee for Human Rights in Latin America

1976 Montréal QC Canada G

Christian Democratic Women of America

CDWA 1967 Caracas DF Venezuela F

Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society

CISRS 1957 Bangalore Karnataka India G j

Church Women United

CWU 1941 New York NY USA G

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G


1939 Paris France G


2005 Brussels Belgium D

Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

CAWT 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland F v

Circle of Health International


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Civil Liberties Union for Europe

Liberties Berlin Germany F