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

Initiative for the Development of Africa

IDA Dakar Senegal G

Insanligi Birlestiren Bilgiyi Yayma Vakfi

BILYAY 1994 Istanbul Türkiye G f

Inspire - the European Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Inspire E y

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut de la Francophonie pour l'éducation et la formation

IFEF 2017 Dakar Senegal E g

Institut des droits de l'homme et de la paix en Afrique

IDHP 1983 Dakar Senegal G j

Institut du Travail d’Afrique Centrale

ITAC 2005 Kinshasa Congo DR J

Institut international des droits de l'Homme et de la paix

2009 Hérouville Saint-Clair France G

Institut kurde de Bruxelles

1978 Brussels Belgium G jv

Institute for Global Justice

IGJ 2001 Jakarta Indonesia G j

Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation

IHJR 2004 Leiden Netherlands E j

Institute for Inclusive Security

Washington DC USA G j

Institute for Independence Studies

IIS 1985 London UK N j

Institute for International Law and Justice

IILJ New York NY USA G j

Institute for International Sport

1986 Kingston RI USA N j

Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba

IIWR-MB 2013 Winnipeg MB Canada G j

Institute for Peace and Justice, St Louis MO

1970 St Louis MO USA N j

Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society

ISIS Amherst NY USA G j

Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

ISHR 1978 New York NY USA G j

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

IWPR 1991 London UK F j

Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World

IWSAW 1973 Beirut Lebanon G j

Institute of Consolata Missionaries

Consolata Fathers 1901 Rome Italy R j

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

IEEE 1884 Piscataway NJ USA F jv

Institute of International European Affairs, Dublin

IIEA 1991 Dublin Ireland G j

Institute of International Law

1873 Geneva Switzerland C j

Institutes for Achievement of Human Potential

IAHP 1968 Wyndmoor PA USA F v

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales

ICEFI 2005 Guatemala Guatemala D j

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Politicos

INCEP 1968 Guatemala Guatemala G j

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Sociales y Desarrollo

INCEDES 2005 Guatemala Guatemala D j

Instituto Latinoamericano de Salud Mental y Derechos Humanos

ILAS 1988 Santiago Chile G j

Instituto Mundo Libre

Lima Peru G

Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais e Segurança

IPRIS Lisbon Portugal G j

Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

IAC 1984 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies

INEE 2000 New York NY USA F y

Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality


Inter-American Bar Foundation

1957 Washington DC USA K f

Inter-American Children's Institute

IACI 1927 Montevideo Uruguay E gj

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

IACHR 1959 Washington DC USA E g

Inter-American Convention Against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

J p

Inter-American Convention on Conflict of Laws Concerning the Adoption of Minors

1984 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on International Traffic in Minors

1994 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities

1999 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Civil Rights to Women

1948 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights to Women

1948 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women

Convention of Belém do Para 1994 Washington DC USA T g

Inter-American Cooperative Institute

ICI 1963 Panama Panama E j

Inter-American Court of International Justice

J gp

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

IOHE 1979 Montréal QC Canada D y

Inter-Parliamentary Union

IPU 1889 Geneva Switzerland B y

Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice

IPJJ Geneva Switzerland E gy