Country / Region profile of: Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago has not been involved in any recent conflict. The Government in Trinidad and Tobago generally respects the constitutional provisions for fundamental human rights and freedoms for all, without discrimination based on gender. and other criteria However, abuse of women, particularly in the form of domestic violence, continues to be a significant problem. Trinidad and Tobago wass ranked 44 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2016, but was not ranked in 2017. Trinidad & Tobago acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 12 January 1990. In 2017, $202 million were spent by Trinidad and Tobago on its military. Trinidad and Tobago ratified the Arms Trade Treaty on 25 September 2013.  Trinidad and Tobago participated in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS in October 2016 where it gave a statement reaffirming the commitment to work for the advancing the WPS agenda at national, international, regional and sub-regional levels. At the regional level, Trinidad and Tobago noted their work in 2016 in strengthening the participatory role played by Latin America and the Carribean in relation to small arms trade and it pledged a renewed commitment to work with the UN to empower women. Currently, Trinidad and Tobago still does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Women's rights activists work for gender equality, recognition of women's human rights and women's empowerment in their country and throughout the region.

"As a woman, my style defines my leadership. It's a gentler, more compassionate approach. I consult, I listen and I compromise where it's in the best interest of the citizens." - Kamla Persad-Bissessar


$ 202,000,000
Military expenditure
Trinidad and Tobago spends USD$202,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Gender equality in the police force
This amount could pay for the salaries of about 1,605,000 female police officers
NAP 1325
Trinidad and Tobago does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments