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

Side by Side

F y

Sight and Life

1986 Basel Switzerland F

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham UK F

Sigrid Rausing Trust

1995 London UK G

Silambam Asia

1999 Petaling Jaya Malaysia D

Simply Neuroscience

2019 West Hollywood CA USA F v

Sister to Sister International

STSI 1994 Yonkers NY USA G

Sisterhood Is Global Institute

SIGI 1984 New York NY USA 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 Italy 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 Switzerland F


1980 Brussels Belgium D y

Smile Africa International

1991 Robbinsdale MN USA G

Smokers Association

Bucharest Romania N

Social Accountability International

SAI 1997 New York NY USA G

Social Justice Committee

SJC 1975 Montréal QC Canada G

Social Justice Secretariat

Rome Italy K

Social Platform

1995 Brussels Belgium E y

Social Watch

Montevideo Uruguay F y

Socialist International Women

SIW 1955 London UK F

Société internationale Fernand De Visscher pour l'histoire des droits de l'antiquité

1941 Liège Belgium F v

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

SIEFAR 2000 Paris France E

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

SDRM 1935 Neuilly-sur-Seine France G

Society for Development Alternatives

1983 Delhi India G

Society for Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counselling

SIPCC 1995 Düsseldorf Germany 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

Society of Women Engineers

SWE Chicago IL USA G

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 Belgium 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