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

Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia de Latinoamérica y El Caribe



1971 Rome Italy G

Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights of Non-scheduled Air Services among the Association of South-East Asian Nations

1971 T g

Multilateral Agreement on Commercial Rights of Non-scheduled Air Services in Europe

1956 Montréal QC Canada T g

Multinational Development of Women in Technology

MDWIT 2006 Baltimore MD USA G

Mundus maris

2010 Brussels Belgium F


2009 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia F

Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

KARAMAH 1993 Washington DC USA G

Myanmar Actions for Mission and Evangelism

MAME 2014 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

MyData Global


MyRight - Empower People with Disabilities

1981 Stockholm Sweden G

NA'AMAT Movement of Working Women and Volunteers

1921 Tel Aviv Israel G

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Nagoya Protocol 2010 T g


2011 Washington DC USA F

Naz Foundation International

London UK G f

Netherlands Centre for Indigenous Peoples

NCIV 1984 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights

1981 Utrecht Netherlands G j

Network for Business Sustainability

NBS 2005 London ON Canada F

Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa

EQUINET 1998 Harare Zimbabwe F

Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers

2013 Helsinki Finland F y

Network of African National Human Rights Institutions

NANHRI 1996 Nairobi Kenya F

Network of African Women Ministers and Parliamentarians

NAWMP Conakry Guinea F

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

NALAS 2001 Skopje North Macedonia E y

Network of East-West Women

NEWW 1991 Gdansk Poland F y

Network of Education Policy Centers

NEPC 2006 Zagreb Croatia F

Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations

NELFA 2009 Brussels Belgium D

Network of Latin American Women of the Fishery Sector

2000 Montevideo Uruguay F

Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Americas

1999 Québec QC Canada F

Netzkraft Movement !

1990 Xanten Germany G y

Netzwerk Afrika Deutschland

NAD 1998 Bonn Germany G

New Field Foundation

San Francisco CA USA G f

New Human Rights - International

1977 Paris France F

New Humanity

1987 Rome Italy E

New Humanity Group

1965 Kalamata Greece G

New Internationalist

NI 1975 Oxford UK G

New Women for Europe

NWFE Silly Belgium J

NGO Coalition on Human Rights

NGOCHR Suva Fiji N

NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Geneva

2002 Geneva Switzerland K

NGO Committee on Migration, New York

2006 New York NY USA E

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Geneva

1973 Geneva Switzerland E y

NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York NY

New York NY USA K

NGO Commonwealth Women's Network

CWN 1991 Kampala Uganda F

NGO Working Group for Women, Peace and Security

NGOWG 2000 New York NY USA E y

NGO Working Group on the Security Council

1997 New York NY USA E y

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris France E y

Nixon Center

1994 Washington DC USA N

No Peace Without Justice

NPWJ 1993 Rome Italy F v

Nobel Women's Initiative

2006 Ottawa ON Canada F v

Non-Aligned Movement

NAM 1961 New York NY USA F g

Nonviolent Peaceforce

NP 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y