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

Choose - The Women's Cause

1971 Paris France N

Chr Michelsen Institute - Development Studies and Human Rights

1930 Bergen Norway G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Christian Action

1985 Kowloon Hong Kong G Humanitarian Organizations

Christian Committee for Human Rights in Latin America

1976 Montréal QC Canada G Human Rights Organizations

Christian Democratic Women of America

CDWA 1967 Caracas Venezuela F

Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society

CISRS 1957 Bangalore India G j Institutes

Church Women United

CWU 1941 New York NY USA G

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G Humanitarian Organizations


1939 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

CAWT 1989 Geneva Switzerland F v

Circle of Health International


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y International Federations

Civil Liberties Union for Europe

Liberties Berlin Germany F

Civil Rights Defenders

1982 Stockholm Sweden G Human Rights Organizations

Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

CSPPS The Hague Netherlands F y International Federations

Civil Volunteer Group

1971 Bologna Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

Clooney Foundation for Justice

CFJ 2016 G f Foundations

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

CATW 1988 New York NY USA F Humanitarian Organizations

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women - Latin America

1994 Mexico City Mexico F

Coalition for an Effective African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights

African Court Coalition 2003 Arusha Tanzania UR E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights

CIPR 1999 White Plains NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies

CSBR 2001 Surabaya Indonesia D y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights

CDHR 1993 G Human Rights Organizations

Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation

CERF Encinitas CA USA G f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Comic Relief

1985 London UK G

Comité des observateurs des droits de l'Homme

CODHO 1997 Kinshasa Congo DR G Human Rights Organizations

Commission for Justice and Peace

Brussels Belgium G

Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation - USG/UISG

1974 Rome Italy E Religious Orders

Commission Tiers-Monde de l'Eglise catholique, Genève

COTMEC Geneva Switzerland G

Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa

CAFA 1991 Portland ME USA G

Committee for Asian Women

CAW 1981 Bangkok Thailand F

Committee for International Human Rights Inquiry

CIHRI 1974 New York NY USA N Human Rights Organizations

Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt

1990 Liège Belgium F Human Rights Organizations

Committee of 200

C200 1982 Chicago IL USA E v

Committee of NGOs on Human Rights, Geneva

Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Committee on Migrant Workers

CMW 2004 Geneva Switzerland E g Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

CEDAW 1982 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

CERD 1969 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

CRPD Geneva Switzerland E gv Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ 1981 New York NY USA E

Commonwealth Business Women Leaders Network

Singapore Singapore F

Commonwealth Countries League

CCL 1925 E v

Commonwealth Girls Education Fund

CGEF 1967 London UK F f Funds, Funds

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

CHRI 1987 Delhi India F Human Rights Organizations

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

CWP 1989 London UK D

Communicación, Intercambio y Desarrollo Humano en América Latina

CIDHAL 1969 Morelos Mexico G Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations

Communion and Liberation

CL 1954 Rome Italy F