Country / Region profile of: Burkina Faso

Women in Burkina Faso have spoken out against the discrimination they face in relation to inheritance, education and violence. Burkina Faso is not involved in any international armed conflicts, though there have been a number of conflicts between herders and farmers within the country. Women in Burkina Faso face high incidences of maternal mortality, female genital cutting, and domestic violence. Burkina Faso acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 14 October 1987. Burkina Faso is currently listed at 121 out of 144 ranked in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Burkina Faso voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013 and ratified the Treaty on 3 June 2014. In 2017, $191.1 mln was spent by Burkina Faso on its military. The Burkina Faso NAP (2013-2016) was launched in 2012 and aims at responding to the widespread cases of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) by pushing all armed groups to cease the practice as well as the need for protection of women and girls in conflict. Women and civil society in Burkina Faso advocate for equal protection and security under the law.

“It was an opportunity to ensure that civil society organizations leveraged the opportunity of the CEDAW-reporting process in their struggle against discrimination, which touches many social groups in Burkina Faso, but women in particular...They also gained skills in how to interact with political decision-makers at different levels to alert them to existing problems and propose solutions.” - Aminata Kassé


$ 191,100,000
Military expenditure
Burkina Faso spends USD$ 191,100,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Post-conflict reconstruction
This amount could address underinvestment in post-conflict construction in more than 16 African countries per year.
NAP 1325
The total budget for implementing this NAP is approximately $3.6 million split across three years (2013-2016).
WPS commitments