Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II


2002 Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G

Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

BKMC 2015 Vienna Austria E


1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Baptist Women of the Pacific

BWP Bracken Ridge QLD Australia E

BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

Baring Foundation

1969 London UK G f

Basic Income Earth Network

BIEN 1986 London UK F

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G

Benelux Court of Justice

1974 Brussels Belgium F g

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Beyond the Horizon International Strategic Studies Group

Beyond the Horizon ISSG 2018 Zaventem Belgium F

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

BJHRF London UK N f

Biblionef International

1989 Paris France G

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA USA F f

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f

BIO Ventures for Global Health

BVGH 2004 Seattle WA USA G

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network

BES-Net 2016 Nairobi Kenya F

Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region

Cairo Egypt E

BirdLife International

1922 Cambridge UK B

Black European Women's Council

BEWC 2007 D

Black Sea University for Women

S c

Black Women in Europe Social Media Group

BWIESMG 2016 Halmstad Sweden G

Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Nigeria G f

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

bon't worry

2015 Monza Italy G

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA G


2008 London UK C

Book Aid International

1954 London UK G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f

Bountifield International

Minneapolis MN USA G

Boys' Brigade, The

BB 1883 Hemel Hempstead UK F

BPW Europe - European Region of BPW International

1985 Brussels Belgium D


1972 Dhaka Bangladesh F

Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University

BKWSU 1936 London UK F v


1999 New York NY USA N

Bretton Woods Project

1995 London UK G

Bright Future International

BFI Northbrook IL USA G

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

BIICL 1958 London UK G jv

Brot für die Welt

1959 Berlin Germany G

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Budapest Process

1993 Vienna Austria E gy

Buddhist Global Relief

BGR 2008 Carmel NY USA G

Build Africa

1978 London UK G

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge Switzerland B

Busan Foundation for International Cooperation

BFIC 2005 Busan Korea Rep G

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

London UK G

Business Ethics Network of Africa

BEN-Africa 1999 Stellenbosch South Africa F

Business for Inclusive Growth

B4IG Paris France E