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


1992 London UK G

Reebok Human Rights Foundation

Canton MA USA G f

Refugee Council

1951 London UK F y

Refugee Council of Australia

RCOA 1981 Glebe NSW Australia G

Refugee Empowerment International

REI 1979 Tokyo Japan G

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn F

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO

Sofia E

Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States

RECSA 2005 Nairobi E g

Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

1977 Santiago Chile F cg

Regional Council on Human Rights in Asia

1982 Quezon City Philippines F v

Regional Model Forest Network - Asia

RMFN-Asia 2010 F

Regional Secretariat for Gender, Science and Technology in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

RESGEST Jakarta Indonesia K

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F


1989 Oslo Norway G f

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

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 francophone pour l’égalité femme-homme

RF-EFH 2013 Dakar F y

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

RET International

2000 Geneva F

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede 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

Sail For Ethics

S4E 1996 Court-Saint-Etienne G

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