Country / Region profile of: Guinea Bissau

Women have been greatly affected by the ongoing political instability in Guinea-Bissau, as the Government is unable or unwilling to enforce gender equality legislation, while society continues to practice discriminatory social customs and traditions. Guinea-Bissau has faced long periods of conflicts and instability due to frequent transitions of government and the prevalence of drug trafficking. Guinea-Bissau acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 23 August 1985 and is not ranked in the 2016 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In terms of disarmament, Guinea-Bissau voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 26th September 2013, but has not yet ratified. In 2017, Guinea-Bissau participated in the UNSC Open Debate but made no relevant statements. In 2015, $17 million was spent by Guinea-Bissau on its military; there is no data for 2017. Guinea-Bissau's NAP does not include an estimated allocated budget nor fundraising strategy. Women activists continue to advocate for peace and a greater emphasis in legislation promoting gender equality and women's public participation.

“Women are viewed badly when they participate in action of this kind, their husbands can be jealous” or they may have an “excess of work in the home which doesn't leave them time to get involved in associative dynamics” - Citizen Action Blog


$ 17,000,000
Military expenditure
The country spent $17 million on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Guinea-Bissau could invest in ongoing funding of its National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
The Guinea-Bissau NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Guinea-Bissau made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.