Country / Region profile of: Venezuela

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. 

“There have been advances, such as the Simoncitos [free childcare], but it’s necessary to continue working and go further, towards true education for equality between men and women." - Alba Carosio


$ 465,000,000
Military expenditure
Venezuela spends USD$465,000,000 on the military but this information is uncertain.
Gender equality in UN peacekeeping
This amount could cover more than half of the UN's entire peacekeeping budget, strengthening support for women peacekeepers, for a year.
NAP 1325
Venezuela (Bolivian Republic of) does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Venezuela made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.