Country / Region profile of: Mexico

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.

"The gunpowder from the battlefields passed through our hair many times without making us turn back, but our country's Government, when the Revolution was ended and they had taken advantage of our services, sent us back home, saying that 'the woman's place is in her home." — María del Refugio García"


$ 5,781,000,000
Military expenditure
Mexico spends USD$5,781,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Rape survivor support services
This amount could support access to justice initiatives for survivors of rape and other violent crimes
NAP 1325
Mexico does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments