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

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

Pacific Peoples' Partnership

PPP 1975 Victoria BC Canada G v

Pacific Women in Maritime Association

PacWIMA 2005 Port Moresby Papua New Guinea D

Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women

1992 Suva Fiji F

Pacific Women's Watch - New Zealand

PWW-NZ 2000 Auckland New Zealand G

Palestine Liberation Organization

PLO 1964 New York NY USA G g

Pan Africa ILGA

PAI Johannesburg South Africa E

Pan African Christian Women Alliance

PACWA 1989 Nairobi Kenya E

Pan African Movement

PAM 1994 Kampala Uganda G

Pan African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children

PAORP-VWC 2008 Tamale Ghana G

Pan African Women's Organization

PAWO 1962 Pretoria South Africa D

Pan American Federation of Arts, Mass Media and Entertainment Unions

PANARTES 1991 Brussels Belgium E

Pan American Health Organization

PAHO 1947 Washington DC USA E g

Pan American Medical Women's Alliance

PAMWA 1947 Lima Peru D v

Pan American Surfing Association

PASA 1992 Lima Peru D

Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association

PPSEAWA 1928 Bangkok Thailand C

Pan-African Association for Port Cooperation

PAPC Mombasa Kenya D

Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network

AfricanDefenders 2009 Kampala F

Pan-African Network in Defense of Migrants' Rights

PANiDMR 2010 J

Pan-Asian Urogynecologic Association

PAUGA 2005 D

Pan-European Network for Care of Survivors after Childhood and Adolescent Cancer

PanCare 2008 Bussum Netherlands D

Pan-European Regional Council

PERC 2007 Brussels Belgium E

Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance

PACJA 2008 Nairobi Kenya D

Panafrican Women Association

PAWA Oslo Norway J

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

PACE Strasbourg France F g

Partnership for Change

PfC 2012 Oslo Norway G

Partnership for Child Development

PCD 1992 London G

Partnership for Global Justice

New York NY USA G

Pasaules Brivo Latviesu Apvieniba

PBLA 1955 Riga Latvia D

Pathfinder International

1957 Watertown MA USA F f

PathFinders Justice Initiative

PJI Benin City Nigeria G

Peace and Justice Center

PJC 1979 Burlington VT N

Peace and Justice Studies Association

PJSA 2001 Washington DC USA G

Peace and Life Enhancement Initiative International

PLEII 2009 Ijebu-Ode G

Peace Brigades International

PBI 1981 Brussels F

Peace Corps for African Renaissance

PCAR 1999 Lomé Togo G

Peace Education Center, Columbia University

1982 New York NY USA G

Peace Farm

1986 Panhandle TX USA G

Peace House

Oklahoma City OK USA G

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

PRIF 1970 Frankfurt-Main Germany G fj

Peace X Peace

2005 Washington DC USA N

Peacecraft

Albuquerque NM USA G

PeaceWomen Across the Globe

Bern Switzerland F

Pearle - Live Performance Europe

1991 Brussels Belgium D

Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice

PCPJ West Chester PA USA N

People and Planet

1969 Wantage UK G

People Empowering People Africa

PEP Africa 2003 Limbé Cameroon G

People in Need

PIN 1992 Prague Czech Rep G

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