Country / Region profile of: Brunei

Women in Brunei Darussalam have gained greater political power in recent years. There are no current armed conflicts involving Brunei Darussalam. In spite of this peace, Brunei has not enacted a domestic violence law that would protect Bruneian women from violence. Brunei Darussalam acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2006. Currently, Brunei is listed at number 102 out of 144 countries ranked in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Brunei Darussalam has not signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Brunei Darussalam did not make any statements affirming support for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. In 2017, $346.7 million was spent by Brunei on its military; however, they have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Bruneian women and civil society are working to see the guarantee of peace for women throughout the country. 

"They [authorities] show no interest in building long-term coalitions with such movements — realistically, the only way to affect Brunei’s politics and policy. They’re interested in publicity and the satisfaction of speaking their minds. That’s not change." - Scott Lang


$ 346,700,000
Military expenditure
Brunei Darussalam spends USD$ 346,700,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending more girls to college
This amount could cover one year of college, including room and board, for tens of thousands of girls
NAP 1325
Brunei Darussalam does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments