Country / Region profile of: Jamaica

Women in Jamaica face challenges from discriminatory social norms, including limiting their political participation and high incidences of gender-based violence. Jamaica has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. Jamaica ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 19 October 1984 and is ranked 51 out of 144 listed countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. In 2017, $131 million was spent by Jamaica on its military; however it currently does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Jamaica participated in the 2017 UNSC Open Debate but made no financial commitments to the WPS Agenda. Jamaica ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 3rd June 2014. Women activists continue to advocate for more focused gender language in Jamaica's legal codes and stronger implementation of existing laws to overcome the discriminatory and violent attitudes against women.

"“It is only through gender mainstreaming that it can be ensured that the needs of both men and women are incorporated into policies and programmes. This will ensure that men and women have equal opportunity to assist in the development of our nation. It is through gender equality that we can ensure sustainable development."" - Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams"


$ 131,000,000
Military expenditure
Jamaica spends USD$131,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Funding environmentally-conscious farmers
This amount could give girl students the opportunity to gain practical farming experience by working on organic farms.
NAP 1325
Jamaica does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Jamaica made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.