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

Associazione Internazionale della Pace e Diritti Umani

AIDP Rome Italy N

Associazione Mondo Giusto

AMG 1972 Lecco Italy G

Associazione per la Cooperazione Internazionale e l'Aiuto Umanitario

ALISEI 1998 Milan Italy G

ASTRA - Central and Eastern European Women's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

ASTRA Network 1999 Warsaw Poland F

ATHENA Network

ATHENA 2006 F y

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

ATP World Tour

1990 London UK F

Atria - Institute for Gender Equality and Women's History

1983 Amsterdam Netherlands G j

Aura Freedom International

Toronto ON Canada G

Australasian Council of Women and Policing

ACWAP 1997 Woden ACT Australia G

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


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 Italy G f

Baltic Coalition for PLWHIV

NGO BaCo 2018 D


Norrtälje Sweden G

Bamboo Foundation

2000 Lower Hutt New Zealand G


1987 Gelnhausen Germany G

Banana Link

1996 Norwich UK G

Baptist Women of the Pacific

BWP Bracken Ridge QLD Australia E

Baptist Women's Union of Africa

BWAU Falls Church VA USA D

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 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 Halmstad Sweden G

Blessing of Africa Empowerment Foundation

BOA Lagos Nigeria G f

BMS World Mission

Didcot UK G

bon't worry

2015 Monza Italy G

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

BCI Washington DC USA 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


1972 Dhaka Bangladesh F


New York NY USA N

Bright Future International

BFI Northbrook IL USA G

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

BIICL 1958 London UK G jv

Brot für die Welt

1959 Berlin Germany G

Brothers to All Men

BAM 1964 Brussels Belgium F

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G