Country / Region profile of: Togo

The Constitution and law in Togo prohibit discrimination based on gender, however the authorities do not enforce these provisions effectively. Harsh economic conditions in rural areas where most of the population lives, however, leaves women with little time for activities other than domestic tasks and agricultural fieldwork. Under traditional law, which applies to the vast majority of women, a husband may legally restrict his wife's freedom to work and control her earnings. Togo is not listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. Togo acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 26 September 1983 but have not yet ratified the Optional Protocol on Violence against Women. Togo voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 03 June 2013, and has ratified on 08 October 2015. In 2017, $88.4 million was spent by Togo on its military. Togo's NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 does not specify a governmental body responsible for the implementation however stated objective contends to increase women's participation in all levels of decision-making.  Many women are not aware of the formal judicial mechanisms designed to protect them. The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence and domestic violence against women continues to be widespread.

"...Togolese women are more affected by poverty. They must keep the pot boiling, feed their husband and children who, in disadvantaged communities, remain dependent on them for a long time – especially as unemployment is rampant and the price of food staples is soaring. What are our demands? We asked for the release of those who have been arbitrarily arrested and held in appalling conditions in overcrowded prisons following peaceful demonstrations organised by our Collective. We also want to awaken the national and international community to our plight – too often, they pretend not to see Togo's inexorable descent into hell." - Isabelle Ameganvi


$ 88,400,000
Military expenditure
The country spends USD$88,400,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities
Investing in peace and gender equality
Togo could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
The Togo NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments