Country / Region profile of: Congo (Brazzaville)

Despite constitutional guarantees, women face discrimination in nearly every aspect of their lives, especially in rural areas where they are often discouraged from attaining paid employment and education at the high school level. Although the Fundamental Act of the Republic of Congo states that discrimination based on race or sex is illegal and also ensures equal pay for equal work, women remain women highly underrepresented in the workplace and governance. The Republic of the Congo is not currently among the 144 countries ranked in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) in 2017. The Republic of the Congo ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1982. However, despite it voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty and signed it on 25th September 2013, it has not yet ratified it. Not only does it not have yet a National Action Plan on WPS, but also in the October 2015 Open Debate on WPS, the Republic of Congo did not commit to implementation of the WPS Agenda. In 2017, the Republic of Congo spent $484.3 mln on its military. Women's organisation in the country work on a range of issues including social development, health, poverty and unemployment, education, promotion of human rights, climate change and environmental pollution and the rights of women, indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups.

"AIDS has continued to spread. Some of the reasons are the political, economic and sociocultural dysfunction since independence. In addition to political instability which reached its peak with army conflicts in 1993, 1997 and 1998, more specific reasons are the high level of poverty and breakdown of moral values reflected in rising incidence of prostitution, use of drugs, and acts of rape" - Professor Scholastique Dianzinga (Marien Ngouabi University of Brazzaville)


$ 484,300,000
Military expenditure
The country spends USD$ 484,300,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting women's human rights
This amount could be used to fund a justice initiative in Congo which would educate about 5,000,000 women on human rights... four times over
NAP 1325
Congo does not have an UNSCR1325 National Action Plan.
WPS commitments
There have no commitments to WPS publicly made.