Country / Region profile of: Nauru

Although women in Nauru have equal political participation rights, participation by women is less than men. Nauru has not been involved in any recent large-scale national or international conflict. Nauru has not been listed on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) and has acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) only in 2011. Nauru voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), signed on 25th September 2013, but has not yet ratified. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Nauru did not make any statements affirming support for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. There is no military expenditure data. Nauru has not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). The matrilineal social system gives women in Nauru a lot of power and the law grants women the same freedoms and protections as men. However, the conditions faced by asylum seekers - particulary the allegations of sexual abuse and human rights violations against women and children, most recently documented in the leaked reports, the 'Nauru files' in 2016 - at Australian-run detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island have been severely criticised by doctors and human rights advocates. Humanitarian organisations and the international community continue to urge the Australian Government to address these allegations so that human rights standards are upheld.

"[T]here [is] no specific law on violence against women and [it is]recommended that the Government review its laws to protect and promote women’s rights." - Nauru Young Women’s National Council (NYWNC)


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Military expenditure
The country spends an unknown amount of money on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Nauru could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Nauru does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Nauru made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2017