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

International Network to End Violence Against Women and Girls


International News Safety Institute

INSI 2003 London UK E j

International NGO/CSO Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

IPC Rome Italy E y

International Nuremberg Principles Academy

Nuremberg Academy 2014 Nuremberg Germany G

International Order of Job's Daughters, Supreme Guardian Council

1920 Papillion NE USA G

International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

IORG 1922 McAlester OK USA G

International Organisation for Least Developed Countries

IOLDCs 1996 Geneva Switzerland C

International Organisation of Vine and Wine

OIV 1924 Dijon France C gy

International Organization for Educational Development

IOED 2014 Delhi India G v

International Organization for Human Rights Protection

IOHRP 1999 Delhi India N

International Organization for Promoting Public Diplomacy, Science, Education and Youth Cooperation

Eurasian Commonwealth 1994 Moscow Russia D

International Organization for Science and Technology Education

IOSTE 1979 Sao Paulo Brazil C v

International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality


International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

EAFORD 1976 Geneva Switzerland C

International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education

1985 Geneva Switzerland C

International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pelvic and Women's Health


International Organization of Women and Mathematics Education

IOWME 1980 Stockholm Sweden C

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Padel Federation

FIP 1991 Madrid Spain C

International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief

IPPFoRB 2014 Oslo Norway F

International Paralympic Committee

IPC 1989 Bonn Germany B y

International Parkour Federation

IPF 2014 C

International Partnership for Human Development

IPHD 1983 Leesburg VA USA G

International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development

PaRD 2016 Bonn Germany F y

International Peace Commission

IPC 2000 Dallas TX USA G

International PEN

1921 London UK B

International People's College

IPC 1921 Helsingør Denmark G

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F yt

International Planned Parenthood Federation

IPPF 1952 London UK B y

International Platform for Black, Migrant and Refugee Women's Organizations

TIYE International 1994 Utrecht Netherlands G

International Polar Tourism Research Network

IPTRN 2006 F

International Pole Dance Fitness Association

IPDFA 2007 C

International Precious Metals Institute

IPMI 1976 Pensacola FL USA G j

International Presentation Association


International Prostitutes Collective

IPC 1975 London UK G

International Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid Spain F

International Rafting Federation

IRF 1997 Cape Town South Africa C

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Religious Freedom Alliance

IRF 2020 J g

International Religious Liberty Association

IRLA 1889 Silver Spring MD USA G

International Rescue Committee

IRC 1933 New York NY USA F

International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO

IRCAI 2020 Ljubljana Slovenia J g

International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO

IRCI Osaka Japan E g

International Research Group for Psycho-Societal Analysis

IRGFPSA Stavanger Norway D

International Research Network on Interdependent Inequalities in Latin America 2009 Berlin Germany G

International Resources for Fairer Trade, India

IRFT 1995 Mumbai India G

International Right to Life Federation

IRLF 1984 Cincinnati OH USA D

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International School Psychology Association

ISPA 1974 Nicosia Cyprus C