Women in Uruguay enjoy equal rights under the law but face traditional discriminatory attitudes and practices, and violence against women remains a problem. A widespread array of community organisations are active in civic life. Numerous women's rights groups also focus on problems such as violence against women and societal discrimination.
Uruguay is ranked 56 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017. Uruguay ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. Uruguay voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 3rd June 2013, and ratified it on 25th September 2014. In 2017, Uruguay participated in the WPS Open Debate, reaffirming its commitment to the WPS agenda and to continue working with the United Nations and all Member States for its full and effective implementation. However, Uruguay did not indicate specifically how it would do it.
Uruguay does not have a National Action Plan and did not make any financial commitments to the WPS Agenda. In 2017 it spent $1242 million USD on the military.