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

JesuitenWeltweit Deutschland

Nuremberg Germany G

Jewish Women International

JWI 1897 Washington DC USA E

Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

IPJ 1998 San Diego CA USA G j

JOC Europe

1925 Brussels Belgium E

Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations Concerning Teaching Personnel

CEART 1967 Geneva Switzerland E

Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

JLI 2012 Washington DC USA F y

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

Jóvenes del Tercer Mundo

1988 Madrid Spain G

Jus Semper Global Alliance

TJSGA 2002 Moorpark CA USA G

Just Access

2020 Heidelberg Germany G

Just Detention International

JDI 1980 Los Angeles CA USA G

Just Net Coalition

JNC 2014 Bangalore India C y

Just World International

JWI White Plains NY USA G

Just World Partners

1981 Edinburgh UK G


2013 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Justice & Peace Netherlands

1972 The Hague Netherlands G f

Justice Africa

1999 London UK G

Justice Coopération Internationale

JCI 2012 Paris France G

Justice in Motion

2005 Brooklyn NY USA G

Justice Studies Centre of the Americas

JSCA 1999 Santiago Chile E g


1993 Brussels Belgium G

Kangaroo Group - Free Movement and Security

1979 Brussels Belgium F v


2005 Brussels Belgium G

KARAT Coalition

1997 Warsaw Poland E

Karl Kahane Foundation

1991 Celerina Switzerland G f

KES International

2001 York UK F


2003 Lijnden Netherlands G

Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women

KFAW Kitakyushu Japan G

Kofi Annan Foundation

Geneva Switzerland G f

Korean Women's International Network


Kurdish Women Action Against Honour Killing

KWAHK 2000 N

Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

1993 Johanneshov Sweden G f

La Strada International

LSI 1995 Amsterdam Netherlands D

Labour Law Research Network

LLRN 2011 F jy

Ladies Circle International

LCI 1959 E

Ladies European Tour

LET 1978 Denham UK F


1958 Vällingby Sweden G

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization

LVFO 1994 Jinja Uganda E g

Landesa - Rural Development Institute

Landesa 1967 Seattle WA USA G j

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering Germany G

Lanka Mahila Samiti

1930 Colombo Sri Lanka G

Lasallian Projects

1985 Oxford UK G

Latin America Bureau, London

LAB 1977 London UK G

Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights

1987 Lima Peru F

Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Fairtrade Producers

2004 Santa Tecla El Salvador F t

Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network


Latin American and Caribbean Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

REDLAC 1999 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Association for Human Rights

1980 Montevideo Uruguay D

Latin American Baptist Women's Union

1950 Cajamarca Peru E

Latin American Center for Perinatology/Unit of Woman and Reproductive Health

CLAP/WR 1970 Montevideo Uruguay E g