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

World Association for Sexual Health

WAS 1978 Minneapolis MN USA B y

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

WAGGGS 1928 London UK B

World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations

WAITRO 1970 St Augustin B yt

World Association of Judges

WAJ 1966 E v

World Association of Law Professors

WALP 1975 E v

World Association of Women Journalists and Writers

1969 General Roca Argentina D

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Buddhist Sangha Council

WBSC 1966 Taipei Taiwan F

World Business Angels Investment Forum

WBAF F

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva Switzerland C

World Commerce and Contracting

WorldCC 1999 Ridgefield CT USA C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Conference on Constitutional Justice

WCCJ 2009 Strasbourg E cg

World Congress of Free Ukrainians

WCFU 1967 Toronto ON Canada F

World Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children and Youth

WCFLCR S c

World Connect

2005 New York NY USA G

World Council for Curriculum and Instruction

WCCI 1970 San Diego CA USA B y

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Independent Christian Churches

WCICC 1993 New York NY USA F

World Court of Justice

2001 Birmingham UK N

World Criminal Justice Library Network

WCJLN 1991 Newark NJ USA F y

World Dodgeball Association

WDA 2013 Manchester C

World Ethnosport Society

2012 Riga Latvia C

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Fair Trade Latin America

WFTO-LA Ypacarai Paraguay D t

World Fair Trade Organization

WFTO 1989 Culemborg Netherlands B ty

World Fair Trade Organization - Africa

Nairobi Kenya E t

World Fair Trade Organization, Asia

WFTO-Asia Chiang Mai D t

World Farmers' Organisation

WFO 2011 Rome C

World Federation of Chiropractic

WFC 1988 Toronto ON Canada B y

World Federation of Democratic Youth

WFDY 1945 Budapest Hungary F

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women

WFM and UCW 1939 New Plymouth New Zealand B

World Federation of Right to Die Societies

WFRtDS 1980 Amsterdam C

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A ty

World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations

WFUWO 1948 Etobicoke ON Canada E

World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

WFUCA 1981 Hanoi Vietnam E y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men

WesleyMen 2001 Lake Junaluska NC USA E

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome G

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers

WFF 1997 Kampala Uganda F

World Forum on Theology and Liberation

WFTL 2003 Porto Alegre Brazil F

World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

1971 New York NY USA F f

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f

World Free Zones Organization

World FZO Dubai United Arab Emirates C

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

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