Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender Equality

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030.

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. But gender inequality persists everywhere and stagnates social progress.
On average, women in the labor market still earn 23 percent less than men globally and women spend about three times as many hours in unpaid domestic and care work as men.

Sexual violence and exploitation, the unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work, and discrimination in public office, all remain huge barriers. All these areas of inequality have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic: there has been a surge in reports of sexual violence, women have taken on more care work due to school closures, and 70% of health and social workers globally are women.

At the current rate, it will take an estimated 300 years to end child marriage, 286 years to close gaps in legal protection and remove discriminatory laws, 140 years for women to be represented equally in positions of power and leadership in the workplace, and 47 years to achieve equal representation in national parliaments.

Political leadership, investments and comprehensive policy reforms are needed to dismantle systemic barriers to achieving Goal 5 Gender equality is a cross-cutting objective and must be a key focus of national policies, budgets and institutions.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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 Rome 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


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