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

UK Race and Europe Network

UKREN 1996 London UK G

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 E g

UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

UN Trust Fund 1996 New York NY USA F fg

UN Women

2010 New York NY USA F g

UN Women for Peace Association

UNWFPA 2008 New York NY USA G

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY F y

UNECA Staff Union

Addis Ababa Ethiopia E v

UNESCO - International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa

IICBA 1997 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E gj

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology

CMST 1988 Sydney NSW Australia J

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Dundee UK G

UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries

Thessaloniki Greece E g

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g

UNESCO Fellowships Programme

1946 Paris France K g

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education

IITE 1997 Moscow Russia E gj

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

UIL 1952 Hamburg Germany E gj

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

UIS 1999 Montréal QC Canada E gj

UNESCO International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training

UNESCO-UNEVOC 2000 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1978 Caracas Venezuela E gj

UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education

INRULED 1994 Baoding China G

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G

UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts and Social Sciences in the Asia Pacific Regions

Melbourne VIC Australia N

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNESCO Office in Venice - UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe

BRESCE 1971 Venice Italy E g

UNESCO Office, Cairo - Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States

ROSTAS 1947 Cairo Egypt E g

UNESCO Office, Jakarta - Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific

1951 Jakarta Indonesia E g

UNESCO Office, Montevideo - Regional Bureau for Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean

1949 Montevideo Uruguay E g

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean

1950 Havana Cuba E g

UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

1967 Santiago Chile E g

UNESCO Regional Network for Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology in Southeast Asia

1974 Pathum Thani Thailand F g

UNESCO Regional Office for Education in the Arab States

UNEDBAS 1961 Beirut Lebanon E g

UNESCO Staff Union

STU 1947 Paris E v

UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee

1997 Paris France G

UNESCO-Hebrew University of Jerusalem International School for Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Science for Peace

UNESCO-HUJ ISMBM 1995 Jerusalem Israel G

UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre

1948 Paris France K g

UNHCR Staff Council

Geneva Switzerland E

Union centroaméricaine

1997 J gp

Union européenne de cyclotourisme

UECT 2002 Ivry-sur-Seine France D

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels D


1959 Brussels Belgium D

Unión Iberoamericana de Colegios y Agrupaciones de Abogados

UIBA 1976 La Plata Argentina D

Union internationale des jeunes écrivains et artistes pour la paix, l'amour et la justice

UNIJEAPAJ 2004 Yaoundé Cameroon G

Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres

Red ULAM 2008 D

Union of Rural Women from West Africa and Chad

2000 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso G

Union Syndicale Fédérale

USF 1974 Brussels E y

Unione Intercontinentale Casalinghe

UNICA 1994 Brescia Italy D y

Unione Mondiale per la Pace ed i Diritti Fondamentali dell'Uomo e dei Popoli

UNIPAX Padua Italy G y

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation

UUWF 1963 Milwaukee WI USA G