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

Religious of Sion

1893 Paris France R

Religious Society of Friends

Quakers 1652 Philadelphia PA USA F

Rencontres philosophiques de l'UNESCO

Paris France S c

Reporters sans frontières

RSF 1985 Paris F

Research Institute of Asian Women

RIAW 1960 Seoul Korea Rep N j

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Réseau des Organisations Féminines d'Afrique Francophone

ROFAF 2006 Lomé Togo F

Réseau International des Droits Humains

RIDH 2008 Geneva Switzerland J

Réseau International des Universités Libres

RIUL 2014 Brussels Belgium J

Réseau pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines


Réseau Universitaire et Scientifique Euro-Méditerranéen sur le Genre et les Femmes

RUSEMEG 2012 Marseille France F f

RESO-Femmes International



1998 Amsterdam Netherlands F


2010 Teddington G y

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right Sharing of World Resources

RSWR 1967 Richmond IN USA G

Right to Education Initiative

RTE 2000 London UK F

Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium

2013 Heidelberg Germany F y

Right to Play International

Toronto ON Canada E

Rights and Humanity

1986 F

Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation

Mexico City Mexico G f

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette E y

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY G f

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F

SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating the Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution

2002 T g

SADC Parliamentary Forum

SADC PF 1993 Windhoek Namibia F

Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women

1987 San Diego CA D

Salam Institute for Peace and Justice

Sterling VA USA G j

Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate

1872 Gentilly France R

Salvation Army Women's Ministries

London UK F

Saratoga Foundation for Women Worldwide

Saratoga Springs NY USA G f

Save a Girl - Save a Generation

Madrid Spain G

Save the Children International

1979 London F y

Save the Children UK

SC UK 1919 London UK G f

Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers


School Meals Coalition

2021 J g

SCI Foundation

2002 London UK J f

Science Europe

2011 Brussels Belgium D

Science for Peace

SFP 1981 Toronto ON Canada G

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

Screenwriting Research Network

SRN 2006 F

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Seafarers' Rights International

SRI London UK N

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts

SEAMEO SPAFA 1985 Bangkok Thailand E g

Search for Common Ground

SFCG 1982 Washington DC USA G


1962 Ilford UK G

Seattle to Brussels Network

S2B 2000 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

Seeds to Sew International

Hopewell NJ USA G

SERRV International

1949 Madison WI USA G

Servantes du Sacerdoce

1946 R