The Constitution of Georgia upholds the principle of equal rights for men and women at article 14. A new Gender Equality Law was passed in 2010, which provides for the establishment of a national women’s machinery in the legislative branch (Parliament), the enhancement of women’s security, equality in the labour market and the strengthening of women’s political participation. The periods of political conflict in Georgia has caused the displacement of thousands of women and the further restriction of their rights. Since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Georgia has suffered from civil conflict and tension with Russia due to the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgia acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1994 and is ranked 94 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Georgia signed the Arms Trade Treaty on 24 September 2014; however, the state has not yet ratified it. During the 2016 UNSC Open Debate, Georgia gave a statement affirming support for WPS and relayed its efforts to implement the Agenda through hosting an international high-level conference on meeting gender equality challenges and opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy in Tbilisi. During the 2017 UNSC Open Debate, no relevant statements were made. In 2017, Georgia spent $332.7 million on its military. Though Georgia adopted a National Action Plan on WPS in 2012, no budget was specified to finance the plan. Women peace activists continue to contribute to the restoration of trust and peace in Georgia through the use of dialogue with organisations in the breakaway regions.