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

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Hague Institute 2011 The Hague Netherlands G

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law

HiiL 2005 The Hague Netherlands G j

The International Alliance for Women

TIAW 1980 Washington DC USA F

The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism

IMADR 1988 Tokyo Japan F

The Leprosy Mission International

TLMI 1874 Brentford UK F

The Lutheran World Federation

LWF 1947 Le Grand-Saconnex Switzerland B

The Other Foundation

Saxonwold South Africa F f

The Rockefeller Foundation

1913 New York NY USA F f

The Sustainable Trade Initiative

IDH 2008 Utrecht Netherlands F f

The World According to Women

1986 Brussels Belgium G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

The World Veterans Federation

WVF 1950 Geneva Switzerland B

Third Way

1990 London UK N

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Thousand Currents

1985 San Francisco CA USA G

Tibet Justice Center

1989 Oakland CA USA E v

Tics and Tourette Across the Globe

TTAG 2022 Hannover Germany C

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Together for Girls

2009 Washington DC USA J y

Together Women Rise

2003 Greenville SC USA G

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Topeka Center for Peace and Justice

1985 Topeka KS USA G


1991 Dakar Senegal F

Trace Element - Institute for UNESCO

1996 Valence France G j

Transatlantic Christian Council

TCC 2013 Bodegraven Netherlands G

Translators without Borders

1993 F

Transnational Giving Europe

TGE 1998 Brussels Belgium F y

Transnational Network for Young European Women

LIEN 1989 Utrecht Netherlands K

Treaty for the Relinquishment of Extra-territorial Rights in China

1943 T g

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v

Twelve Gates Foundation

2018 Sunnyside NY USA G f

UBUNTU Liberation Movement

2005 J


1972 Arezzo Italy G

UHAI EASHRI - East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

UHAI 2009 J

UK Race and Europe Network

UKREN 1996 London UK G

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g

UN Nutrition

2020 Rome Italy E y

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 USA 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