Country / Region profile of: Gambia

The majority of Gambian women face gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, yet do not receive adequate legal protection. Gambia has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently; however, many women refugees from neighbouring countries with conflict flee to Gambia. Gambia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 16 April 1993 and is ranked 119 out of 144 on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Gambia voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, but has not yet signed or ratified it. In 2015, $14.3 million was spent by Gambia on its military; there is no data for 2017. The Gambian 1325 National Action Plan includes an allocated budget for each strategic issue in the key area focus for each pillar. However, there is no mention of actions that formulate fundraising strategies, or what accountability mechanisms will ensure funding is raised and used in implementing the NAP.  In society, Gambian women occupy a low status and experience widespread discriminatory practices largely due to the incorporation of rigid interpretations of Sharia and customary law in Gambia's legal codes.

"Women have been standing up for Africa during the pre-independence era and they remain to be until now. The whole Africa wants to see a different continent with a difference for us on gender." - Isatou Njie-Saidy


$ 14,300,000
Military expenditure
Gambia spent $14.3 million on the military in 2015.
Girls' education
This amount could provide tens of thousands of girls across Gambia with a quality primary education
NAP 1325
The total budget for implementing this NAP is approximately $561,500.
WPS commitments
Will contribute USD 55,515.00 to the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women. Will donate USD 111,030.00 that France to support the efforts of the UNWomen to strengthen women’s access to justice.