With women holding the seats of Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Opposition Leader and Foreign Minister, Bangladeshi women have experienced a great deal of political empowerment. Most recently, Bangladeshi women launched a resistance movement to combat SGBV after a series of brutal attacks in October 2016.Since the turn of the century, Bangladesh has weathered a number of conflicts with neighbouring states, India and Myanmar, as well as internal conflicts. In addition to these conflicts, women still face domestic violence and acid attacks. Bangladesh acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1984. Bangladesh is 72 out of 144 countries listed in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In October 2015 Open Debate on WPS, Bangladesh committed to work on capacity building for women, however at the 2016 open debate, the representative of Bangladesh did not address the participation and empowerment initiative's promised in 2015, including micro-finance and skills training programmes. However, it failed to follow-up on these initiatives in the debate in October 2016. Bangladesh spent $1.5 bln in the military. Women in Bangladesh are working to reduce violence against women and achieve parity with their male counterparts.