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

Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy

INPSSE 2002 F y

Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg PA

1985 Gettysburg PA USA G

Intergovernmental Committee of the Universal Copyright Convention

IGC 1974 Paris France E g


1956 Barcelona Spain G

Internacia Komitato por Etnaj Liberecoj

IKEL 1978 Chens-sur-Léman France F

International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights

PLPR Dortmund Germany C

International Academy for Freedom of Religion and Belief


International Action Against Female Circumcision

INTACT 1996 Saarbrücken Germany N

International Action for Liberation

INTAL 1998 Brussels Belgium G y

International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law

IANGEL 2013 Alameda CA USA G

International Adkins Chiti: Women in Music Foundation

1978 Fiuggi Italy G f

International Advertising Association

IAA 1938 New York NY USA B y

International Advocacy and Resource Centre on the Human Rights of Migrant Workers

December 18 Merelbeke Belgium G

International Advocates for Health Freedom

IAHF Point Roberts WA USA N

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

IAPB 1975 London UK D y

International Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y

International AIDS Empowerment

IAE 1997 El Paso TX USA G

International AIDS Women's Caucus

IAWC 1992 Buenos Aires Argentina F y

International Alliance for Women in Music

IAWM 1995 Winston-Salem NC USA F

International Alliance of Women

IAW 1902 Cointrin Switzerland B

International Amateur Theatre Association

AITA/IATA 1952 Brussels Belgium B

International Anglican Women's Network

IAWN 1996 Victoria Seychelles K

International Archive of Women in Architecture

IAWA 1985 Blacksburg VA USA G

International Association for Adolescent Health

IAAH 1987 Minneapolis MN USA C

International Association for Agricultural Sustainability

IAAS Singapore Singapore J

International Association for Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia

ARWA 2020 D

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions

IACAPAP 1937 Geneva Switzerland C

International Association for Computational Mechanics

IACM 1983 Barcelona Spain C y

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

IAEVG 1951 Sainte-Julie QC Canada B

International Association for Feminist Economics

IAFFE 1992 Houston TX USA D

International Association for Humane Habitat

IAHH 2000 Mumbai India G

International Association for Promoting Geoethics

IAPG 2012 Rome Italy C

International Association for Reconciliation Studies

IARS 2020 Jena Germany C

International Association for Religious Freedom

IARF 1900 London UK C y

International Association for Research in Economic Psychology

IAREP 1982 Leeds UK D

International Association for Society and Natural Resources

IASNR 2001 Champaign IL USA D

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

IAESTE 1948 Luxembourg Luxembourg C y

International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice

IAHCCJ 1978 Dundee UK F v

International Association for the Promotion of Women of Europe

IAPWE 1987 E

International Association for the Protection of Human Rights in Cyprus

Nicosia Cyprus G

International Association for Women's Mental Health

IAWMH 2001 Potomac MD USA D

International Association IUS Primi Viri

1989 Rome Italy G

International Association of Advanced Materials

IAAM 2010 Ulrika Sweden C

International Association of Applied Psychology

IAAP 1920 Indianapolis IN USA B v

International Association of Free Thought

AIFT 2011 Paris France E

International Association of Geomorphologists

IAG 1989 Selbu Norway B y

International Association of Horticultural Producers

Didcot UK C

International Association of Insurance Professionals

IAIP 1940 Atlanta GA USA N t

International Association of Jewish Free Loans

IAJFL 1982 Los Angeles CA USA N

International Association of Judges

IAJ 1953 Rome Italy C