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

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 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 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

Centro Regionale d'Intervento per la Cooperazione

CRIC 1983 Reggio Calabria Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Centro UNESCO del Pais Vasco

UNESCO Etxea 1991 Bilbao Spain G UNESCO Bodies

Cetacean Freedom Network


Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

2000 Luxembourg Luxembourg T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Charter on Economic Rights and Duties of States

1974 T g Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

2008 London UK G f Foundations

Child Rights Asianet Centre

Bangkok Thailand G Human Rights Organizations

Child Rights Coalition Asia

CRC Asia 2008 Manila Philippines F Human Rights Organizations

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Child Rights International Network

CRIN 1995 London UK F UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

ChildHope UK

1989 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Childreach International

2004 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

Children in Crossfire

Londonderry UK J

Children's Rights Advocacy and Lobby Mission - Africa

CALM Africa 2004 Kampala Uganda G Human Rights Organizations

Children's Rights European Academic Network

CREAN 2004 Sion Switzerland F Human Rights Organizations