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

Latin American Congress to Defend the Rights of the Jewish Minority in the Soviet Union

New York NY USA S c

Latin American Coordination Table for Fair Trade

2004 Lima Peru F t

Latin American Federation of University Women

1996 Santiago Chile D

Latin American Group for Public Administration

LAGPA/IIAS 2010 Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Latin American Quality Institute

LAQI 2001 Panama Panama D j

Latin American Solidarity Group of Norway

1977 Oslo Norway N

Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies

LCHRES 1993 Riga Latvia G

Laudes Foundation

2020 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Laureus Sport for Good Foundation

London UK J f

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada

LRWC 2000 Vancouver BC Canada G

Lazarus Union

2007 Vienna Austria F

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment

LITE-Africa 1999 Warri Nigeria G

Leading Women of Africa

LWA 2008 Cape Town South Africa F


2016 Sollentuna Sweden J v

LGBT Humanists

1979 London UK G

Liberal International

LI 1947 London UK F y

Libertarian Foundation for Human Assistance

LIFHAS 1985 Schijf Netherlands G f

Libertas International

2009 Alicante Spain F

Liberty Asia


Liberty International

1989 San Francisco CA USA F

Libre organisation mondiale d'aide aux réfugiés

LOMAR 2004 Marseille France G

LIFE Network

2000 Ober-Ramstadt Germany J

Lifeboat Foundation

Gardnerville NV USA N f

Lifelong Learning Platform - European Civil Society for Education

LLLP 2005 Brussels Belgium F y


2006 Edinburgh UK J

Lifewater International

1978 Bentonville AR USA G

Light for the World

1998 Vienna Austria F

Ligue de la zone afrique pour la défense des droits des enfants, étudiants et élèves

LIZADEEL 1994 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Ligue des droits de la personne humaine dans la région des Grands-Lacs

LDGL 1993 Kigali Rwanda G

Ligue du droit international des femmes

LDIF 1983 Paris France N

Ligue internationale du droit de la concurrence

LIDC 1930 Lausanne Switzerland C

Ligue suisse des droits de l'homme

Geneva Switzerland G

Ligue tunisienne pour la défense des droits de l'homme

LTDH Tunis Tunisia G

Living Goods

2004 Oakland CA USA J

Loesje International

1983 Arnhem Netherlands N

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM 1899 London UK G

Long Distance Advisory Council

LDAC 2004 Madrid Spain E y

Low Impact Fishers of Europe

LIFE Brussels Belgium F

Lucis Trust

LT 1922 New York NY USA F

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Grund- und Menschenrechte

LBI-GMR 1992 Vienna Austria G j

Lumbini World Peace Forum

LWPF 2015 Kathmandu Nepal G

Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights

2005 Cairo Egypt G


1983 New York NY USA G

Magee Womancare International

MWI 1992 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Magento Association

2018 Chicago IL USA C

Magna Charta Observatory

Bologna Italy E

Magnus Hirschfield Center for Human Rights

1986 Bloomfield NJ USA G

Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Movement

1992 Budapest Hungary G

Maison Afrique, La

1995 Vessigebro Sweden G

Maison des citoyens du monde

MCM 1996 Nantes France G