Country / Region profile of: Macedonia

Women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (also known as Macedonia), especially those belonging to the Roma or Albanian minorities, face challenges to gender equality due to political, economic and social discrimination. Macedonia's dispute with Greece over its name -- as Greece fears that the use of the same name as a Greek region implies territorial ambition -- resulted in Greece's attempt to block Macedonia's NATO bid in 2008. Macedonia succeeded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1994 and is ranked 67 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Macedonia ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 6 March 2014. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Macedonia did not give any statements affirming support for WPS. In 2017, $112 mln were spent by Macedonia on its military; subsequently, the National Action Plan (NAP) on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) has no specific allocated budget. Women peace activists in FYRO Macedonia continue to advocate for women's rights and peace admidst the ethnic and political turmoil.

"Women have been playing very important roles in building peace in their communities through three important periods: pre-conflict, conflict and post-conflict. In each of these periods, the women’s movement exerted strong pressure over relevant institutions and circles in national as well as in international level." - Gjuner Nebiu


$ 112,000,000
Military expenditure
Macedonia spends USD$112,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan
This amount could be allocated as a budget for the country's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, since the plan currently includes no budget
NAP 1325
The Macedonia NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Macedonia made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017.