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

Soroptimist International

SI 1928 Cambridge UK B y

Soroptimist International Africa Federation


Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1928 Geneva Switzerland E

Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland

SIGBI Stockport UK E

Soroptimist International of the Americas

SIA 1921 Philadelphia PA USA E

Soroptimist International South East Asia Pacific

SISEAP 1978 Strawberry Hills NSW Australia E

SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit - Hermann-Gmeiner-Fonds Deutschland e.V.

1963 Munich Germany G f

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 1977 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 Thailand 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 Botswana E t

Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights


SPARC Europe

2004 Veenendaal Netherlands F

Speak Up Africa

Dakar Senegal J

Special Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Duties on Textiles Manufactured from Rayon or from other Artificial or Synthetic Fibres

1965 T g

Special Committee on Decolonization

C-24 1961 New York NY USA E g

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Sports Rights Owners Coalition

SROC London UK F y

St Joan's International Alliance

SJIA 1931 Minneapolis MN USA F

Standing Voice

London UK G

Standing Women



1991 London UK G

Statisticians Without Borders

2015 Hail Saudi Arabia N

Stichting Justice Initiative

SJI 2001 Utrecht Netherlands F f

Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen

SOMO 1973 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

SIPRI 1966 Solna Sweden E j

Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

SIHA 1995 Kampala Uganda F

Students for a Free Tibet International

SFT International 1994 New York NY USA E

SÜDWIND - Verein für Entwicklungspolitische Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

1979 Vienna Austria G

Suomalaiset Kehitysjärjestöt

Fingo 2018 Helsinki Finland G

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 Hartley Wintney UK F

Swedish Women's Educational Association International

SWEA 1979 Fort Lauderdale FL USA D

Sweet Adelines International

1947 Tulsa OK USA N

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

SAHSS 1946 Bern Switzerland G

Swiss Interchurch Aid

1946 Zurich Switzerland G

Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

SFSA 2001 Basel Switzerland G f