In Venezuela, the law and constitution prohibit discrimination based on gender. Venezuelan women continue to face substantial, institutional and societal prejudice when it comes to reliance on the law for protection against violence. This is exemplified by the social prejudice they face when reporting rape and domestic violence. Venezuela is ranked 60 out of 144 countries listed in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In 2017, Venezuela spent 465 million USD on military expenditures. Venezuela ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1983. Venezuela was absent from the vote on the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, and has not yet signed or ratified. Venezuela did not give a statement during the October 2017 Open Debate on WPS. Venezuela does not have a NAP, nor has it made any financial commitment to the WPS Agenda.