Country / Region profile of: Niger

The history of Niger has been characterized by intermittent ethnic conflicts due to the marginalization of its ethnic minorities, the impact of which is felt especially by women. In 2010, a coup d'état took place in Niger that resulted in overthrowing the Government. In 2011, free and fair parliamentary elections were conducted. However, living standards in Niger are among the lowest in the world and women live under particularly harsh conditions, particularly in rural areas. Niger has not been listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) since 2013. Niger voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 24 March 2014, and has ratified on 27 July 2015. In 2017, Niger spent $200 million on military expenditures. It acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 8th October 1999.  Niger does not have NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Although the 2010 Constitution prohibits gender discrimination, women suffer discrimination in practice. Sexual violence is widespread and Niger is both a source and destination country for victims of trafficking. While women have not been included in the peace process of the country so far, women's rights organizations work towards increasing the capacity of women leaders in conflict prevention and management and raising their level of education to nurture a culture of peace. 

“We need strong political leadership to help women, otherwise their rights will never be respected.” - Salamatou Traoré


$ 200,000,000
Military expenditure
The country spends USD$200,000,000 on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Niger could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Niger does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Niger has pledged to provide USD$4,441,199.95 a year to carry out its NAP, supporting organizations on the ground that work to protect and politically empower women in conflict situations. It will continue to provide both diplomatic and financial support to Syrian women’s efforts to present their views on their country’s future in international forums.