Women peace activists in France continue to work to move the Women, Peace and Security Agenda forward in their country and around the world. Currently, France is engaged in anti-Islamist operations in Africa's Sahel region. France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a significant donor to conflict-affected countries. The country is a nuclear-armed state and a major conventional weapons exporter. France ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1983 and is ranked 11 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). France ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2 April 2014. In October 2015, France expressed its commitment to strengthening its mobilisation to promote the WPS Agenda nationally, internationally and regionally and promised to contribute €50,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women. In 2017, France made no new commitments. Currently, France is implementing its second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, which covers the period 2015-2018. French women activists continue to promote gender equality and women's empowerment within their country to diminish the gender gap between men and women. In 2017, $58 bln was spent by France on its military.