Country / Region profile of: Benin

The status of women in Benin has improved since the passage of the Personal and Family Code of 2004. Benin has not been involved in any large-scale conflicts recently. In spite of the relative peace in the country, women in Benin often face female genital cutting, forced marriages, and domestic violence. Benin ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1992. Benin is ranked as 116 of the 144 countries listed on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Benin voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, but has not yet ratified it. Numerous organisations and the National Council for the Promotion of Gender Equity and Equality are working toward peace and security for women in Benin.

"Our aim is now to travel from village to village to show other women with the same problems that projects can be set up if they too organize themselves into groups. It worked for us, the children don't have to leave the village and we are becoming more and more independent" - Juliette Ketehoundje, founder and president of KPONDEOU womens group in Benin


$ 116,100,000
Military expenditure
Benin spends USD$116,100,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Clean, safe drinking wter
This amount could strengthen women's health by buying about 46,500 new water pumps for poor areas of Benin.
NAP 1325
Benin does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments