Country / Region profile of: Mauritania

The promotion of the fundamental rights of women and girls in Mauritania is prohibited by illiteracy, poverty, ignorance of the law, and gender-based violence (GBV). Although the Constitution of Mauritania advocates for gender equality in Article 1, there is no precise definition of discrimination in the Mauritanian legislation. Mauritania ranks 132 out of 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017. Mauritania voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and has ratified on 28 September 2015. In 2016, $136 million was spent by Mauritania on its military. Currently, there is no data on military expenditure. Currently Mauritania does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Although Mauritania acceded the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 10 May 2001, it has entered a reservation stating that only articles that comply with Sharia Law and the Mauritanian Constitution would be applied. This is problematic as these laws are sometimes opposed to the attainment of women's rights. For example, according to the 2001 Family Code, women are accorded the status of perpetual minors. Women’s groups continue to reach out to communities through various channels including moderate religious and community leaders to explain that these laws and practices are not against culture but rather want to protect women from practices that endanger their health and lives.

"Ushering women to fade into the background under the pretext of defending them is like calling the community to stop working for fear of thieves and criminals. Add to that, limiting the role of women to the service of husbands prevents more than half of the society from participating in its development." - Aminetou mint El Mokhtar


$ 136,000,000
Military expenditure
In 2016, the most recent data, Mauritiana spent USD$136,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan
This amount could cover the creation of the country's first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325... and its funding over several years
NAP 1325
Mauritania does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments