Country / Region profile of: France

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.

"I was raised in a family where there were differences in rights between the boys and the girls: boys had many more freedoms. But also because I was raised in sort of a shanty town, we were very much victims of discrimination and racism, notably in terms of employment. I grew up in this, I was surrounded by this, and this has produced anger against the system [in me]. That has been translated into political engagement – first against all forms of injustice, against racism, against discrimination, but above all, for feminist combat, for equality of rights between men and women." - Fadela Amara


$ 57,770,100,000
Military expenditure
France spends USD$57,770,100,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting female entrepreneurs
This amount could provide millions of small business loans to female entrepreneurs in France, allowing them to learn negotiation and business management skills
NAP 1325
The France NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments