Country / Region profile of: Dominica

A national commitment towards advancing gender policies was launched in 2006 and although progress has been made, women activists state that the policy in Dominica remains with large gaps in relation to creating gender equality. Dominica has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. Dominica ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 15 September 1980; it is not ranked on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Dominica voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), signed on 1st October 2013, and ratified on 21 May 2015. Dominica does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325; currently military spending data is not available. Dominica did not participate in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS in the last two years and has not made any financial commitments to the WPS Agenda. Women activists in Dominica (officially the Commonwealth of Dominica) continue to advocate for more gender-focused laws and greater implementation of existing laws to respond to issues such as gender-based violence and a lack of women's political participation.

"This puts Dominica at the forefront of national gender policy initiative in the Caribbean … being way ahead of many other Caribbean countries" - Dr. Rawwida Baksh