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

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

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

Let's Promote Europe

LPE 2019 Saarbrücken Germany J

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 Dallas TX USA F