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

Celtic League

CL 1961 Caerphilly UK D v

Celtic Women International

CWI 1997 Butler WI USA N

Center for Civil and Human Rights, Notre Dame IN

CCHR Notre Dame IN USA G

Center for Economic and Social Rights

CESR 1993 Brooklyn NY USA G

Center for Family and Human Rights

C-Fam 1997 New York NY USA G j

Center for Health and Gender Equity

CHANGE 1994 Washington DC USA G

Center for Health, Human Rights and Development

CEHURD 2007 Kampala Uganda G

Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange

CHOICE Humanitarian 1982 West Jordan UT USA G

Center for Justice and International Law

CEJIL 1991 Washington DC USA E

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

CJP Harrisonburg VA USA G j

Center for Reproductive Rights

New York NY USA G

Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service

2001 Washington DC USA N

Center for Third World Organizing

CTWO 1980 Oakland CA USA G

Center for Women, the Earth, the Divine

City Island NY USA G

Center for Women's Global Leadership

CWGL 1989 New Brunswick NJ USA G

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, Tunis

CAWTAR 1993 Tunis Tunisia E v

Central American Agreement on the Equalization of Import Charges

1959 T g

Central American Women's Fund

2003 Managua Nicaragua F f

Central and Eastern European Media Centre Foundation

EMF-FCP 1990 Warsaw Poland F f

Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues

CEE Gender Network 1994 Zagreb Croatia F

Central Asia Institute

CAI 1996 Bozeman MT USA N j

Central Asian Cellular Forum

CACF 2007 Islamabad Pakistan F

Centre africain pour l'éducation aux droits humains

CAEDHU 1996 Dakar Senegal G

Centre Afrika Obota

CAO 1989 Cotonou Benin E

Centre d'Information et de Formation en matière de Droits Humains en Afrique

CIFDHA 2009 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso G

Centre for Access to Football in Europe

CAFE 2009 London UK E

Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa

CAHF Parkview South Africa D

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST 2001 Calgary AB Canada G

Centre for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics

CAPWIP 1992 Parañaque Philippines E

Centre for Documentation and Information on Minorities in Europe-Southeast Europe

CEDIME-SE 1998 Glyka Nera Greece G

Centre for European Social and Economic Policy

CESEP 1987 Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Experiential Negotiation and Applied Diplomacy

CENAD Brussels Belgium E

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

CHRDA Buea Cameroon J

Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria

1986 Pretoria South Africa G

Centre for International Studies, Managua

1990 Managua Nicaragua G

Centre for Security Cooperation

RACVIAC 2000 Bestovje Croatia E g

Centre for Women's Development Studies

CWDS 1980 Delhi India G

Centre for World Solidarity

CWS 1992 Secunderabad India G

Centre international d'initiation aux droits de l'homme

CIDH Sélestat France N

Centre international de solidarité ouvrière

CISO 1975 Montréal QC Canada G

Centre international pour l'éducation des filles et des femmes en Afrique de l'Union Africaine

UA/CIEFFA Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E g

Centre régional d'intervention pour la coopération, Reggio Calabria

1983 Reggio Calabria Italy G

Centre rennais d'information pour le développement et la libération des peuples

CRIDEV 1974 Rennes France G

Centre UNESCO de Catalunya

UNESCOCAT 1984 Barcelona Spain G

Centro de Derechos Humanos 'Fray Bartolome de las Casas'

CDHFBC 1989 Chiapas Mexico N

Centro de Derechos Humanos 'Fray Francisco de Vitoria'

CDHFV 1984 Mexico City Mexico N

Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez

Centro Prodh 1988 Mexico City Mexico G

Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Banda Ancha para el Desarrollo

CEABAD 2014 Managua Nicaragua E

Centro de Estudios la Mujer en la Historia de América Latina

CEMHAL 1998 Lima Peru E v

Centro Interfacoltà per la Cooperazione con i Paesi in Via di Sviluppo

CICOPS 1984 Pavia Italy G