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

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

Make Mothers Matter

1947 Paris France C

Malala Fund

2013 Washington DC USA F f

Male Contraceptive Initiative

MCI 2013 Raleigh NC USA G

Mama Cash

1983 Amsterdam Netherlands F f

Manna International

1984 Redwood City CA USA G

Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights

MFHR 1977 Athens Greece G f

Marie-Schlei-Verein - Hilfe für Frauen in Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika

1984 Hamburg Germany G

Martín-Baró Initiative for Wellbeing and Human Rights

1989 Jamaica Plain MA USA G f

Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic

1912 Maryknoll NY USA R

Maryland United for Peace and Justice

MUPJ 1985 Baltimore MD USA G

Masimanyane Women's Rights International

Masimanyane J

Max Havelaar Foundation

1988 Utrecht Netherlands G f

Mayors for Peace

1982 Hiroshima Japan F

Medical Ambassadors International

1980 Salida CA USA G

Medical Women's International Association

MWIA 1919 Pleasant Valley NY USA B

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari

Bari MAI 1962 Valenzano Italy E j

Mediterranean Mothers' Movement

1994 Arcueil France F

Mediterranean Women's Fund

MWF 2008 Montpellier France G f

Meeting of Foreign Relations Ministers of the "Liberator's Corridor"

S cg


2005 Washington DC USA F g

Men for Missions International

MFMI 1954 Greenwood IN USA G v

Men's International Peace Exchange

MIPE 1992 Brookhaven PA USA G

Men's Resources International

MRI 2004 Springfield MA USA G

MenEngage Alliance

2004 Washington DC USA F

Mercy Without Limits

MWL 2012 Overland Park KS USA G

Mesoamerican Women in Resistance


Micro Rainbow International Foundation

MRI Foundation J f

Middle East Women's Leadership Network

MEWLN 2013 G

Midwives for Midwives and Women's Health International

MFM Catskill NY USA N

Migrants Rights International

MRI 1994 Geneva Switzerland F


2006 Paris France F y

Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation

PUF Namur Belgium G f

MindFreedom International

1986 Eugene OR USA F

Minority Rights Group International

MRG 1966 London UK F y

Mission Inclusion

Outremont QC Canada G

Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Apostles

1876 Cork Ireland R

Mona Foundation

Kirkland WA USA N f

MOPS International

1973 Denver CO USA G

More and Better

Rome Italy F y

Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa

Moremi Initiative 2004 Accra Ghana G

Moscow School of Human Rights

Moscow Russia G

Mothers Legacy Project

Portland OR USA G

Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples

1949 Paris France G

Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom

MENF 2014 Brussels Belgium F

Movement for Disarmament, Peace and Liberty

MDPL 1963 Saint-Étienne France G

Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Freedom

1982 Madrid Spain G

Movendi International

1851 Stockholm Sweden C