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Focus on NGOs – 20 Organizations That Address Gender Equality

Human rights are standards that are essential to the full development of individuals and communities. They allow all people to live with dignity, freedom, equality, justice and peace. Gender equality is such a basic human right. Many organizations are working day and night to solve the inequality between men and women.

Gender equality

While most countries recognize that equal rights should exist between men and women, this is often not the case. Many have produced regulations intended to fight discrimination and programs granting women access to health, education and economic rights such as land ownership. But these regulations don’t seem to solve the problem. We need compassionate organizations to fix the gap concerning gender equality.

The list is not exhaustive. Fortunately, many organizations are dedicated to improving human rights such as gender equality. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the important work done by any other organization that is not mentioned. Should you have in mind an organization that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  1. InterAction
    Since 1992, InterAction, through its Commission on the Advancement of Women, has worked to advance female empowerment and gender equality in the policy and practice of InterAction members and other agencies.
  2. Equality Now
    Their mission is to achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.
  3. ProMundo
    Promundo is a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys in partnership with women and girls.
  4. CARE
    CARE’s commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality is based on decades of expertise in dozens of countries and in every development sector. We see gender as a cross-cutting issue that we address in every program to make an equal world free of poverty.
  5. Sonke Gender Justice
    Sonke’s vision is a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. They work across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to promote gender equality.
  6. International Planned Parenthood
    Gender equality is a human right. It is also essential for eradicating poverty and improving the lives of future generations. Gender equality is at the heart of all our programming and advocacy work. IPPF pushes for legal and policy reforms which combat female genital mutilation (FGM), early forced marriage and other forms of gender discrimination.
  7. Centre for Health and Social Justice
    CHSJ is a resource organisation on issues of men, masculinity and gender, health rights of marginalized communities and reproductive and sexual health and rights. 
  8. White Ribbon
    White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.
  9. UN Women
    UN Women, among other issues, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of women and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
  10. The Gender and Development Network
    GADN is a diverse, effective and inclusive membership network made up of leading UK-based non-governmental organisations’ (NGO) staff, practitioners, consultants and academicians working on gender, development and women’s rights issues.
  11. Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
    The OSCE aims to provide equal opportunities for women and men, as well as to integrate gender equality into policies and practices, both within participating States and the Organization itself.
  12. National Organization for Women
    The National Organization for Women Foundation (“NOW Foundation”) is an organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. The Foundation focuses on a broad range of women’s rights issues, including economic justice, pay equity, racial discrimination and women’s health and body image.
  13. The Association of Women's Rights in Development
    AWID is an international, feminist, membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights.
  14. Object
    A grassroots organization which works for better representation of women & girls in the media & against sex object culture.
  15. Women’s Environment and Development Organization
    WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles- as well as the linkages between them- are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.
  16. Fawcett Society
    The Fawcett Society is the UK's leading charity promoting gender equality and women's rights at work, at home, and in public life. We want to see a society in which individuals can fulfill their potential, regardless of their gender.
  17. World Health Organization
    The Global Gender, Equity and Human Rights team, comprised of staff across all six regions as well as in some WHO country offices, oversees the integration of gender, equity and human rights into healthcare programmes and policies across the different programme areas that make up the World Health Organization.
  18. Outright Action International
    Every day, LGBTIQ people’s human rights and dignity are abused worldwide in ways that shock the conscience. The stories of their struggles and their courageous resilience are astounding, yet remain unknown—or willfully ignored—by those with the power to make change.
  19. The GREAT Initiative
    The GREAT Initiative is a gender equality charity based in London. Founded in 2010, they work with both men and women to tackle the root causes of inequality.
  20. Oxfam International
    The world only gets better as women expand their role as political, economic, family and social leaders. The cost of excluding women is well recognized. Women bear the biggest burden of poverty, and most people living in poverty are women. Oxfam works to advance women's wellbeing and increase the benefits of the contributions that women and girls can make to societies and economies.

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