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

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

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science

SEAMEO QITEP in Science 2009 Bandung E gv

Search for Common Ground

SFCG 1982 Washington DC USA G


1962 Ilford UK G

Seattle to Brussels Network

S2B 2000 Amsterdam F y

Seed Programs International

SPI Asheville NC G

Seeds to Sew International

Hopewell NJ USA G

SERRV International

1949 Madison WI USA G

Servantes du Sacerdoce

1946 R

Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec 1850 Sainte-Foy QC Canada R

Servants to Asia's Urban Poor

1983 Vancouver BC Canada G

Service Civil International

SCI 1920 Antwerp B

Service Volontaire International

SVI 2009 Brussels E

Servicio Ecuménico para la Dignidad Humana

SEDHU 1984 Montevideo Uruguay G

Servicio Paz y Justicia en América Latina

SERPAJ-AL 1974 Montevideo Uruguay F

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi G

Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network

SWAN 2006 J

Sexual Violence Research Initiative

SVRI 2003 Pretoria E

SGF International

Nieder-Olm C y

Share-Net International

Amsterdam Netherlands G y

Side by Side

F y

Sight and Life

1986 Basel Switzerland F

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham F

Sigrid Rausing Trust

1995 London G

Silambam Asia

1999 Petaling Jaya D

Sister to Sister International

STSI 1994 Yonkers NY USA G

Sisterhood Is Global Institute

SIGI 1984 New York NY F

Sisters for Change

London UK G

Sisters of Charity of St Paul the Apostle

1847 Birmingham UK R

Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

BVMs 1833 Chicago IL USA R

Sisters of Notre Dame

SND 1850 Rome Italy R

Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd

1641 Rome R

Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions

1861 Rome Italy R

Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

1853 Nicolet QC Canada R

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe

1845 Monroe MI USA R

Smart Cities & Sport Network

2014 Lausanne F


1980 Brussels D y

Smile Africa International

1991 Robbinsdale MN USA G