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

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 Switzerland F

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j

Chol-Chol Foundation for Human Development

1971 Temuco Chile G f

Christian Action

1985 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 Venezuela F

Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society

CISRS 1957 Bangalore India G j

Church Women United

CWU 1941 New York NY USA G

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

CTBI London UK N


1939 Paris France G


2005 Brussels Belgium D

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

Civil Liberties Union for Europe

Liberties Berlin Germany F

Civil Rights Defenders

1982 Stockholm Sweden G

Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding

CSPPS The Hague Netherlands F y

Civil Volunteer Group

1971 Bologna Italy G

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Clooney Foundation for Justice

CFJ 2016 G f

CNCD Opération 11 11 11

1966 Brussels Belgium G

Coaches Across Continents

CAC 2008 Watertown MA USA G

Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

CATW 1988 New York NY USA F

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

Coalition for Fair Fisheries Agreements

CFFA 1992 Brussels Belgium E

Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights

CIPR 1999 White Plains NY USA G

Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies

CSBR 2001 Surabaya Indonesia D y

Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights

CDHR 1993 G

COMESA Federation of National Associations of Women in Business

COMFWB 1993 Lilongwe Malawi D

Comic Relief

1985 London UK G

Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos

CEDHU 1978 Quito Ecuador G

Comisión Interamericana de Mujeres

CIM 1928 Washington DC USA E g

Comisión Juridica para el Autodesarrollo de los Pueblos Originarios Andinos

CAPAJ 1993 Tacna Peru E

Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement-Terre Solidaire

CCFD-Terre Solidaire 1961 Paris France G

Comité Européen de Droit Rural

CEDR 1957 Paris France D

Comité international de liaison des associations féminines

CILAF 1946 G

Comité maritime international

CMI 1897 Antwerp Belgium C

Commission européenne pour l'efficacité de la justice

CEPEJ 2002 Strasbourg France E g

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

1974 Rome Italy E

Commission justice et paix

CJP Brussels Belgium G

Commission mondiale d'éthique des connaissances scientifiques et des technologies de l'UNESCO

COMEST 1997 Paris France E v

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

Committee of 100 for Tibet

1992 Palo Alto CA USA G