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

International University Sports Federation

FISU 1949 Lausanne Switzerland B

International Venture Philanthropy Center

IVPC 2015 Weybridge UK C

International Voice of Justice


International Voluntary Organisation for Women, Education and Development

IVOWED 2001 Accra Ghana G

International Wages Due Lesbians

1975 London UK G

International Water Management Institute

IWMI 1984 Colombo Sri Lanka E j

International Women and Family Foundation

IWFF Seoul Korea Rep G f

International Women and Mining Network

1997 Hyderabad India F

International Women Communication Centre

IWCC 1993 Ilorin Nigeria G

International Women Count Network

IWCN 1985 London UK F

International Women's Alliance


International Women's Brass Conference

IWBC 1990 N

International Women's Coffee Alliance

IWCA 2003 G

International Women's Convocation

IWC 2009 Seattle WA USA C

International Women's Democracy Center

IWDC 1995 Washington DC USA G

International Women's Democracy Network

IWDN 2004 Bethesda MD USA E

International Women's Democrat Union

IWDU 1990 Stockholm Sweden E

International Women's Development Agency

IWDA 1985 Melbourne VIC Australia G

International Women's Federation of Commerce and Industry

IWFCI 1992 Melbourne VIC Australia G t

International Women's Fishing Association

IWFA 1955 Fort Lauderdale FL USA N

International Women's Forum

IWF 1982 Washington DC USA F

International Women's Health Coalition

IWHC 1984 New York NY USA G

International Women's Human Rights Law Clinic

1998 Washington DC USA N

International Women's Initiative

IWI 2012 Washington DC USA F

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation


International Women's Media Foundation

IWMF 1990 Washington DC USA F f

International Women's Network Against Militarism

IWNAM 1997 J

International Women's Partnership for Peace and Justice

IWP 2002 Chiang Mai Thailand G

International Women's Peace Service

IWPS 2002 Glenside PA USA G

International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

IWRAW Asia Pacific 1993 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

International Women's Writing Guild

IWWG 1976 New York NY USA G

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

IWGIA 1968 Copenhagen Denmark F

International Working Group on Women and Sport

IWG 1994 London UK E

International World Games Association

IWGA 1980 Lausanne Switzerland E y

International Young Nature Friends

IYNF 1975 Prague Czechia C

International Youth Alliance for Family Planning

IYAFP 2013 Washington DC USA C v

International Youth Council

IYC 2007 G

International Youth Federation

2014 London UK C

International Youth Reformation Organization

IOREF Ado-Ekiti Nigeria J


INTLawyers 2010 Geneva Switzerland F

Internationale des coiffeurs de dames

Intercoiffure Mondial 1925 Paris France F v

Internet Centre Anti-Racism Europe

ICARE 1999 G


1982 Houston TX USA D

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization

IFCO 1967 New York NY USA G f


1852 Petaling Jaya Malaysia F v

Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications

1971 Moscow Russia C g

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

IRC 1984 Inuvik NT Canada N

IO - Facilitating Space for Feminist Conversations

Io 1974 Quezon City Philippines F

IP Justice

San Francisco CA USA G