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

Office of Global Affairs, Ewha

OGA 1985 Seoul Korea Rep N

Office of the Americas

OOA 1983 Santa Monica CA USA G

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva Switzerland E g

Oikocredit

1975 F ey

Oikos - Cooperação e Desenvolvimento

Oikos 1988 Linda-a-Pastora Portugal G

Oikosnet Europe - Ecumenical Association of Academies and Laity Centres in Europe

EAALCE 1956 Sigtuna Sweden D

Older Women's Network - Europe

OWN Europe 1993 London UK F

Olof Palme International Foundation

Barcelona Spain G f

One By One

Seattle WA USA G

One Day's Wages

ODW 2009 Seattle WA USA N

One Percent for Development Fund

1% for Development Fund 1976 Geneva Switzerland F f

One World Foundation

1990 Cuttack India G f

OneWorld International Foundation

OWIF 1999 London F f

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

CEDAW-OP 1999 T g

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

2008 T g

Optometristas Sirviendo a la Humanidad

OSH 2009 Guayaquil Ecuador F

ORBICOM - International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communication

1994 Montréal QC Canada F

Order of International Co-Freemasonry

1882 Paris France R

Order of the Amaranth

1873 F

Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries

1947 Brussels Belgium D t

Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

OIF 1997 Paris France E g

Organisation Internationale pour l'Avancement Politique des Africaines

OIAPA 2013 Québec QC J

Organisation Internationale pour le Développement Intégral de la Femme

OIDIF Lomé Togo G

Organisation PanAfricaine de Lutte pour la Santé

OPALS 1988 Paris France F

Organización Latino-Americana y del Caribe de Turismo

OLACT 2010 Mexico City Mexico D

Organization for Community Networks

OFCN 1997 N

Organization for International Investment

1991 Washington DC USA G

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm G

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

OWSD 1989 Trieste Italy C

Organization of African First Ladies for Development

OAFLAD 2002 Addis Ababa Ethiopia D

Organization of Women in International Trade

OWIT 1989 Washington DC USA C t

Organization of Women Writers of Africa

OWWA 1991 New York NY USA G

OSCE - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

OSCE/ODIHR 1990 Warsaw E g

OutRight Action International

1990 New York NY USA G

Overbrook Foundation

1948 New York NY USA G f

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

OWEN - Mobile Academy for Gender Democracy and Promotion of Peace

OWEN 1992 Berlin Germany F

Owen M Kupferschmid Holocaust and Human Rights Project

1985 Newton MA USA N

Oxfam Australia

1953 Carlton VIC Australia G f

Oxfam GB

1942 Oxford G

Oxfam International

1995 Nairobi Kenya F y

Pacific Center for Global Justice

2009 Yamhill OR USA N

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Women

PACFAW 2000 Suva Fiji D f

Pacific Graduate Women's Network

PGWNet Auckland New Zealand G

Pacific Institute for Women's Health

PIWH 1993 Los Angeles CA USA G j

Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network

PIFON 2009 Nadi Fiji F

Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police

PICP 1970 Wellington New Zealand F

Pacific Network on Globalization

PANG Suva Fiji F

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