Country / Region profile of: Maldives

In Maldivian state-owned companies, there is a target of at least a third of female board members. Most companies have already reached 30 percent, and in our central 80 percent of the managing teams are women. All children are in school. However, religion is commonly seen as a challenge to advance women's rights. The public at large has accepted domestic violence. Women in the Maldives were at the forefront of the protests against the coup resulting in the ousting of President Nasheed in 2012. Nasheed was the democratically elected President who put an end to the thirty-year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Maldives ranks 106 out of 144 countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI), and acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1993. Maldives voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, but has not yet signed or ratified the document. Maldives did not participate in the October 2017 Open Debate on WPS. At this point of time, we do not have data on the military spending of Maldives in 2017. Women in the Maldives are severely underrepresented in the Government and there is a lack of legislation that target their interests even though Maldives stands relatively higher in development indicators than other countries in the region.

"I pray for a world where its people live and not exist, a world where its people can speak freely and be heard freely; a world and its people who can live in peace with themselves and with others and from which we can die in peace, in the honest belief that we have done our bit to make the world a better place for the citizens of the world of tomorrow." - Mariya Ahmed Didi


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Military expenditure
The country spends an unknown amount of money on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
The Maldives could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Maldives does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments