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

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N

SOCHAIR Organization (Europe)

2014 Edinburgh F

Social Accountability International

SAI 1997 New York NY USA G

Social Justice Committee

SJC 1975 Montréal QC Canada G

Social Justice Secretariat

Rome K

Social Watch

Montevideo Uruguay F y

Socialist International Women

SIW 1955 London F

Société Internationale pour l'Etude des Femmes de l'Ancien Régime

SIEFAR 2000 Paris France E

Société internationale pour l'histoire des droits de l'antiquité

SIHDA 1941 Liège Belgium F v

Société pour l'administration du droit de reproduction mécanique des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs

SDRM 1935 Neuilly-sur-Seine France G

Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counselling

SIPCC 1995 Düsseldorf C

Society for Participatory Research in Asia

PRIA 1982 Delhi India G

Society for Research in Child Development

SRCD 1933 Washington DC USA G

Society for the Promotion of Human Rights in Employment

SPHRE 1997 Hamilton ON Canada N

Society for the Protection of Human and Environmental Rights International

SPHER International London UK J

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

SPUC 1967 London UK G

Society for the Study of Economic Inequality

ECINEQ 2005 Verona Italy C

Socio-Gerontechnology Network


Soeurs de l'Enfant-Jésus

Nicolas Barré 1662 Le Mesnil-Esnard France R

Soeurs Servantes du Saint-Coeur de Marie

SSCM 1860 Montréal QC Canada R

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F


1948 Brussels F y


1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solidaritätsfonds für Soziale Befreiungskämpfe in der Dritten Welt

SOLIFONDS Zurich Switzerland G f

Solidarity among Women - Development Initiatives for Women in the Third World

1982 Vienna Austria G

Solidarity With Women in Distress

SOLWODI 1985 Boppard Hirzenach Germany G

Sonke Gender Justice Network

2006 Cape Town South Africa G

Soroptimist International

SI 1928 Cambridge UK B y

Soroptimist International Africa Federation


Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1928 Geneva E

Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland

SIGBI Stockport UK E

Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIA 1921 Philadelphia PA E

Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific

SI/SWP 1978 Strawberry Hills NSW Australia E

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi India E v

South Asian Free Media Association

SAFMA Lahore Pakistan D

South Asian Women Development Forum

SAWDF Kathmandu Nepal G

South Caucasus Office on Drugs and Crime

SCODC 2010 Tbilisi Georgia D

South Centre

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g

South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons

SEESAC 2002 Belgrade Serbia F g

Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment

SEARICE 1978 Quezon City Philippines E

Southeast Asia Women's Caucus on ASEAN

WC Chiang Mai Thailand E

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization

SEAMEO 1965 Bangkok D gy

Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture

SEARCA 1966 Los Baños Philippines E gy

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network


Southern African Natural Products Trade Association

PhytoTrade Africa 2001 London UK D t

Southern African Trade Union Coordination Council

SATUCC 1983 Gaborone E t

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


SPARC Europe

2004 Apeldoorn Netherlands F