Country / Region profile of: Bulgaria

Women in Bulgaria benefit from complete equality under current Bulgarian laws. Despite the legal equality, women still face several problems, such as the domestic violence, human trafficking, and forced prostitution. Bulgaria is a member of NATO since March 29, 2004. Bulgaria contributes to NATO crisis-management operations and missions, as well as to the political and defence transformation of the Alliance. Bulgaria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1982. On 2 April 2014, Bulgaria ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Bulgaria is ranked at number 28 of the 144 countries listed in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) as of 2017. Bulgaria did not make a statement at the 2017 Open Debate on Women Peace and Security. In 2017, $866.7 mln was spent by Bulgaria on its military; subsequently, the state has not adopted a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000).  Local NGOs are working with women to ensure their safety from domestic and gendered violence.

"In the present day Bulgaria 'feminism' is perceived as a threat to normal relationships between men and women and as an impingement on “traditional Bulgarian values” of love, marriage, and family." - Krassimira Daskalova


$ 866,700,000
Military expenditure
Bulgaria spends USD$ 866,700,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Educating girls
This amount could send more than 3,000,000 girls to a leadership academy to develop skills and become active citizens in their societies
NAP 1325
Bulgaria does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments