Country / Region profile of: Estonia

Estonia enacted a gender equality law in 2004 and demonstrates efforts to put gender equality on the agenda in schools with the 'intergrating gender into teacher education and training' project. However, Estonia still has not achieved a gender just society. In October 2016, Estonia elected it's first women president, Kersti Kaljulaid. Estonia has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war since it regained independence from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Estonia acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1991 and is ranked 37 out of 144 listed countries on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Women's organisations continue to struggle to have the law implemented by government authorities. In 2017, $536,3 million was spent by Estonia on its military. In 2017, Estonia made specific references to WPS and made light commitments to support initiatives and policies.  

"The progress on gender equality that was achieved toward the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of this one, largely thanks to the pressure applied by international organizations and the funding by foreign countries, has been stopped and in some cases, the women’s organizations have the impressions that we are going backwards in Estonia and that some institutions are being destroyed." - Eha Reitelmann


$ 536,300,000
Military expenditure
Estonia spends USD$536,300,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan budget
This amount could be allocated as a budget for the country's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, since the plan currently includes no budget
NAP 1325
The Estonia NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments