Country / Region profile of: Russia

Gender stereotypes are widespread in Russian society. Harmful traditional practices that have a disproportionate effect on women also continue to prevail in Russia. In addition, trafficking in women and young girls continues to remain a serious problem. In 2017, Russia has introduced a law decrimalising  domestic violence. The Russian Federation has had a long and complex history of involvement in conflicts internationally and internally. Currently, Russia is actively involved militarily in Ukraine and Syria. Moreover, Russia continues to aggressively posture against NATO in the Baltic and Black Sea regions while presenting itself as a responsible regional actor and victim of alleged western provocation. The Russian Federation has not signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Russian Federation ranks 71 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017, and it ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. During the 2017 October Open Debate, Russian Federation gave a statement affirming support for WPS but made no concrete commitments. As of yet, Russia has not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). However, at the 2016 Debate it was announced that Russia has developed a National Action Strategy for Gender Eqquality, which has not yet been released. In 2017, $66.3 bln were spent by Russian Federation on its military. There are a number of women's rights organisations in Russia that highlight and address issues such as violence against women and other forms of discrimination.

“People sometimes pay with their lives for saying aloud what they think. In fact, one can even get killed for giving me information. I am not the only one in danger. I have examples that prove it.” ― Anna Politkovskaya


$ 6,633,500,000
Military expenditure
Russia spends USD$66,335,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender-sensitive programme development
This amount could be invested in the UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) to cover grants to develop innovative, gender-sensitive programmes across Russia
NAP 1325
Russian Federation does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Russia made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.