Country / Region profile of: Portugal

The Constitution of the Portuguese Republic enshrines the principle of gender equality and the promotion of equality between men and women as a fundamental task of the State, but women continue to experience discrimination. Portugal does not have a recent history of conflict. Portugal is ranked 33 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017. It ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1980 without any reservations and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 25 September 2014. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Portugal gave a statement affirming support for WPS and expressed its commitment, among other actions, to continue actively promoting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the main multilateral forums to which Portugal is a party and in its National Action Plan, and to conduct training programs on gender equality and violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, gender-based violence and trafficking in human beings. In 2017, $37.7 bln were spent by Portugal on its military; subsequently, the National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) has no allocated budget. Women's rights organisations in Portugal address issues such as greater women's political participation, violence against women and other forms of discrimination.

“Gender equality is a requirement of both democracy and human rights. It can not be left for the "day after", when political and economic stability are fully on their way; it must be a dynamic ideal urging us on all the time.” - Maria Regina Tavares da Silva


$ 3,774,000,000
Military expenditure
Portugal spends USD$3,774,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Funding a National Action Plan
This amount could fund implementation of the country's National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, which does not currently specify a budget.
NAP 1325
The Portugal NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Portugal made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.