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

Women's Feature Service

WFS 1978 Delhi India F v

Women's Federation for World Peace International

WFWPI 1992 New York NY USA G

Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

2005 Paris France F

Women's Fund Asia

2004 Colombo Sri Lanka F f

Women's Funding Network

1985 San Francisco CA USA G y

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

WGNRR 1978 Quezon City Philippines F

Women's Group for the Abolition of Female Genital Mutilation and Other Harmful Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children

1982 Paris France N

Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society

WHOMS 1880 Charlotte NC USA G

Women's Hospitals Australasia

WHA 1994 Deakin ACT Australia G

Women's Human Rights International Association

WHRIA Paris France G

Women's Information Network of Europe

WINE Berlin Germany F

Women's Intercultural Network

WIN 1994 San Francisco CA USA G

Women's International Boxing Federation

WIBF Miami Beach FL USA N

Women's International Center

WIC 1982 San Diego CA USA N

Women's International Democratic Federation

WIDF 1945 San Salvador El Salvador B

Women's International Forum

WIF 1975 New York NY USA F

Women's International Fund for Education

WIFE 2010 G f

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

WILPF 1915 Geneva Switzerland C

Women's International Match Racing Association


Women's International Motorcycle Association

WIMA 1950 Stonehaven UK D

Women's International Network

WIN 1975 F

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N t

Women's International Networking

WIN 1997 Lausanne F

Women's International News Gathering Service

WINGS 1986 G

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association

WISTA 1974 Farmsum Netherlands D

Women's International Zionist Organization

WIZO 1920 Tel Aviv Israel F

Women's League for Conservative Judaism

1918 New York NY USA G

Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace

WLP 1999 Bethesda MD USA F

Women's Link Worldwide

Madrid Spain G

Women's Missionary Society - African Methodist Episcopal Church

WMS 1874 Washington DC USA G v

Women's Network for Peace

1996 Bonn Germany G

Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW 1996 F

Women's Refugee Commission

WRC 1989 New York NY USA G

Women's Squash Association

WSA 1984 E

Women's UN Report Network


Women's University in Africa

WUA 2002 Harare Zimbabwe G

Women's Voices Now

WVN 2010 Rolling Hills Estates CA USA G

Women's Working Group on Financing for Development

WWG on FfD 2007 Quezon City Philippines E y

Women's World Banking

WWB 1976 New York NY USA F

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f

Women's WorldWide Web

W4 2012 Paris France F


w@tt 2014 Geneva Switzerland J

WomenStrong International



1997 New York NY USA F g


2002 Vienna Austria F v

Workability International

1987 Sydney NSW Australia D

Worker Rights Consortium

WRC 2000 Washington DC USA G

Working Group on Tourism and Development

1977 Basel Switzerland G

World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Associations

YMCA 1855 Vernier Switzerland B

World Anti-Bullying Forum

WABF 1997 Umeå Sweden D