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

Australasian Human Development Association

AHDA 1994 Brisbane QLD Australia G

Australasian Performing Right Association

1926 St Leonards NSW Australia G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

AVI

1961 Fitzroy VIC Australia G

Aviation Security Services Association - International

ASSA-I 2002 Wemmel Belgium D

Avocats Sans Frontières

ASF 1992 Brussels Belgium F v

AVSI Foundation

1972 Milan MI Italy G f

Baltic Coalition for PLWHIV

NGO BaCo 2018 D

BalticFem

Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G

Banafair

1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWAU Falls Church VA USA D

Baptist Women's Union of the South West Pacific

BWUSWP E

BarefootLawyers International

1998 Berkeley CA USA G

Baring Foundation

1969 London UK G f

BATIK International

1998 Paris France G

Benelux Court of Justice

1974 Brussels Belgium F g

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

BJHRF London UK N f

Biblionef International

1989 Paris France G

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BMGF 2000 Seattle WA USA G f

Bioethics Network on Women's Issues in the Arab Region

Cairo Cairo Egypt E

Black European Women's Council

BEWC 2007 D

Black Sea University for Women

S c

Black Women in Europe Social Media Group

BWIESMG 2016 G

Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Lagos Nigeria G f

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

bon't worry

2015 Monza MB Italy G

Born Free Foundation

1984 Horsham UK G f

Boys' Brigade, The

BB 1883 Hemel Hempstead UK F

BPW Europe - European Region of BPW International

1985 Brussels Belgium D

BRAC

1972 Dhaka Bangladesh F

Breakthrough

New York NY USA N

Bright Future International

BFI Northbrook IL USA G

Brot für die Welt - Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst

Brot für die Welt 1959 Berlin Germany G

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G

Building and Wood Workers' International

BWI 2005 Carouge GE Switzerland B

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

G

CALALA - Fondo de Mujeres

Calala Barcelona Barcelona Spain G

Cambia

1993 Canberra ACT Australia G

CamFed International

1993 Cambridge UK G

Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación

CLADE 2002 Sao Paulo SP Brazil F y

Campaña por una Convención Interamericana de los Derechos Sexuales y los Derechos Reproductivos

Lima Lima Peru G

Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation

CECI 1958 Montréal QC Canada G

Canadian Council for International Co-operation

CCIC 1968 Ottawa ON Canada G

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS 2001 Toronto ON Canada G

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

VOW 1960 Toronto ON Canada G v

CARE International

1945 Brussels Belgium F f

Careth Foundation

Amherst MA USA G f

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