Country / Region profile of: Antigua and Barb.

Discrimination on the basis of gender is prohibited in Antigua and Barbuda, giving women the same protections under the law as men. While boys and girls are educated at equal levels, there is still an economic achievement gap in Antigua and Barbuda. There have been no recent conflicts or wars in Antigua and Barbuda; however, violence against women remains a concern for the government. Antigua and Barbuda acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 1st August 1989. As of 2017, Antigua and Barbuda is not among the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Antigua and Barbuda ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on 12 August 2013 and currently does not have a NAP on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 (2000). Currently, there is no military spending data available. The work of women's rights activists and civil society in Antigua and Barbuda helps ensure that the equality guaranteed under the law is reflected in practice. Women continue to advocate for the elimination of violence in general and sexual and gender-based violence in Antigua and Barbuda. 

"Gender inequality in Antigua and Barbuda has a long history, as long as the history of our country. It has African foundations, which established men as political leaders and dominant figures, at the same time that women were restricted primarily to the domestic sphere with only limited roles outside of the home in agriculture, marketing and the public life of lineage groups" - Janet Lofgren (Editorial Assistant of ABSA UWI (Antigua) A&B Review of Books)