Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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

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 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 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 Montréal QC Canada C

International Association for Agricultural Sustainability

IAAS 2017 Singapore Singapore D

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 Continuing Engineering Education

IACEE 1989 Atlanta GA USA B y

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

IAEVG 1951 Sainte-Julie QC Canada B

International Association for Feminist Economics

IAFFE 1992 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 Syracuse NY 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