Country / Region profile of: Paraguay

Paraguay does not have a recent history of conflict and women generally enjoy the same legal status and rights as men. However, gender-related discrimination continues to be widespread. Paraguay is ranked 96 of the 144 countries listed in the Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2016, and it acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1987. Paraguay voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified on 9th April 2015. In 2015, Paraguay participated in the October Debate on Women, Peace and Security and committed to continue assisting UN Women financilly. It also commited to finalize the NAP, which was published in December 2015, and to increase the percentage of female peacekeepers. The Paraguayan NAP does not allocate a budget; however, the military spending for 2017 was of $348 million. Paraguay did not participate in the October 2016 or 2017 WPS Open Debate and therefore did not follow up on their commitments. The high maternal mortality rate, acts of violence against women, low levels of political participation and women's unemployment are areas of concern. Women's rights organizations work tirelessly to establish and promote a strategy to combat sexual violence, rape, sexual abuse and harassment, the exploitation of children and adolescents and the trafficking of women. 



"Our priority is to sensitise and train court officers in order to educate them on the application of gender standards in the justice system, and to commit them to guarantee the full observance of the human rights of women in their legal decisions and orders." - Elba Núñez


$ 348,000,000
Military expenditure
Paraguay spends USD$348,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan budget
This amount could be allocated as a budget for the country's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, since the plan currently includes no budget
NAP 1325
The Paraguay NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments