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

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

Likestillingssenteret KUN

KUN 1991 Nordfold Norway 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 London UK 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

1988 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

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

2008 Zurich Switzerland 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

Medicines for Malaria Venture

MMV 1999 Geneva Switzerland F

medico international

1968 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari

Bari MAI 1962 Valenzano Italy E j