Mexico is currently facing high levels of insecurity and widespread violence due to the efforts to put an end to organised crime. Mexico ranks 81 out of 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017 and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. In regards to disarmament, Mexico voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 25th September 2013. Mexico has the 16th highest rate of homicides committed against women, also known as femicide. The latest disturbing development in femicides includes the spring 2016 murders of pregnant women in Mexico. Nevertheless, comprehensive measures to eradicate gender violence have not been implemented in the country, neither at federal nor at local level. Women continue to strive to make gender equality a reality by advocating for greater women's political participation, combating sexual violence, promoting conditions of safety and security for women and disarmament. Mexico participated in the October 2017 UNSC Open Debate on WPS and committed to continue to expand the participation of female military personnel in the near future. However, they made no financial commitments. On that regard, in 2017 Mexico spent $5.7 bln on the military.