The Dominican Republic has a Constitution which ensures the equality between men and women. However, there is a high incidence of violence against women, including femicide and sexual and domestic violence. Although the country also has a National Gender Equality and Equity Plan 2007-2017, the lack of budget allocation and monitoring systems severly limits its implementation. The Dominican Republic has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. However, the country has a long-standing history of prejudice and conflict with its neighbouring country, Haiti. The Dominican Republic ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 2nd September 1982 and is ranked 70 out of 144 listed countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Dominican Republic voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 1st October 2013, and ratified on 21 May 2015. In 2017, $496 mln was spent by the Dominican Republic on its military. The Dominican Republic did not participate in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS and has made no financial commitments to the WPS Agenda. Currently, there is no NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Women's rights activists, especially for Haitian women or women of Haitian descent, continue to struggle against a machismo society for peace, justice, and equality.