Women in Bahrain face considerable inequality compared to their male counterparts. Bahraini women did not enjoy universal suffrage until 2002, and since then the move toward equal representation in government has increased. There have been serious internal conflicts across Bahrain since 2011. Women have been active in the protests and rallies throughout the uprising. Bahrain acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2002. Bahrain has signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on November 21, 2013; however, it has not been ratified by the state. Bahrain is ranked at number 126 of 144 listed countries on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) in 2017. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Bahrain did not give any statements affirming support for WPS. Bahrain does not currently have a National Action Plan on WPS. Women, in conjunction with civil society, have worked toward realising equality, even through the lasting conflicts.