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 in Nuclear

WIN 1989 Perchtoldsdorf Austria F

Women in Parliaments Global Forum

WIP Reykjavik Iceland F

Women in Payments

WIP Mississauga ON Canada C

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace

WISCOMP 1999 Delhi India G

Women in Technology International

WITI 1989 Sherman Oaks CA USA N

Women International Association for Communication - Mediterranean Media

1994 Rende Italy G

Women Living under Muslim Laws

WLUML 1984 London UK F

Women Mentor Association


Women of Europe Award

1987 Brussels Belgium E

Women of the Americas

Toronto ON Canada K

Women on Waves

Amsterdam Netherlands G

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women PeaceMakers Program

WPP 1997 San Diego CA USA G

Women Photographers International Archive

WOPHA 2013 Miami FL USA N

Women Political Leaders

WPL Brussels Belgium F v

Women Thrive Alliance

1998 Washington DC USA G

Women to the World

1987 Athens GA USA N

Women Today International

Orlando FL USA G

Women Waging Peace Network

1999 San Diego CA USA G

Women Watch Afrika

WWA 1994 Decatur GA USA G

Women Welcome Women World Wide

WWWWW 1984 High Wycombe UK N v

Women Win

2007 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Women With Visible and Invisible Disabilities

WinVisible London UK G

Women with Vision in Africa

WVA Monrovia Liberia G

Women without Borders

WwB 2001 G

Women Working Worldwide

WWW 1983 Manchester UK G

Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality

WWAFE 2004 London UK J

Women's Alliance for Democracy

1989 Paris France F

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual

WATER 1983 Silver Spring MD USA N

Women's Brain Project

WBP 2016 F

Women's Campaign International

WCI 1998 Philadelphia PA USA N

Women's Climate Initiative


Women's Earth Alliance

WEA 2006 Berkeley CA USA G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's Education Worldwide

WEW 2003 South Hadley MA USA C

Women's Empowerment International

WE 2003 San Diego CA USA N

Women's Enterprises International

WEI 1999 Seattle WA USA G

Women's Environment and Development Organization

WEDO 1990 New York NY USA F

Women's Environmental Network

WEN 1988 London UK G

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 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 Initiatives for Gender Justice

Women's Initiatives 2004 The Hague Netherlands F