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

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

United World Wrestling

UWW 1912 Corsier-sur-Vevey Switzerland B


2008 J v


1977 Sydney NSW Australia G

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

1992 Paris France F

Universal Association of Professional Colleges and Universities

UAPCU 2018 Manila Philippines G t

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g

Universal Rights Group

URG 2013 Geneva Switzerland F

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC-Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

University Women of Asia

UWA 1986 Singapore Singapore E

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

UAF 1997 Oakland CA USA G f

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

1994 Los Angeles CA USA G fj

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Victim Support Europe

VSE 1989 Brussels Belgium D

Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women

1982 E y

Vier Pfoten International

Vienna Austria F

Virtual Educa

2000 Alcala de Henares Spain F

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO 1985 Crawley UK G

Vision GRAM-International

1996 Ottawa ON Canada G

Vital Voices Global Partnership

VVGP 2001 Washington DC USA G

VIVAT International

2000 New York NY USA E

Voices Without Frontiers

VWF 1996 Montréal QC Canada E

Volontariato Internazionale Donna Educazione Sviluppo

VIDES 1987 Rome Italy F

Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

VIS 1986 Rome Italy G

Walk Free Foundation

WFF Nedlands WA Australia G f


1989 Lomé Togo E

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

War on Want

1952 London UK G f

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

Washington Office on Latin America

WOLA 1974 Washington DC USA G

Wassu-UAB Foundation

1987 Bellaterra Spain G f

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Watchlist 2001 New York NY USA G


1981 London UK F


2010 Geneva Switzerland E

WATU Acción Indigena

1993 Madrid Spain N


Brussels Belgium N

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

We Effect

1968 Stockholm Sweden G

We Move Europe

WeMove.EU Berlin Germany F

Weavers Committee

1989 Suva Fiji E y

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

WEConnect International

Washington DC USA G


2008 Overijse Belgium F