Country / Region profile of: Zambia

Zambian law generally entitles women to have the same amount of equality to men. Nevertheless, it is not adequately enforced and women experience discrimination in employment, equal pay, education, inheritance, and ownership of land and other property. Zambia is not ranked in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Zambia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 21 June 1985. Zambia voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed it on 25 September 2013, and ratified it on 23 May 2016. In 2017, $340 million was spent by Zambia on its military.

Zambia does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Societal discrimination remains a serious obstacle to women's rights. Women are severely under-represented in politics and are denied full economic participation. Discrimination against women is especially prevalent in customary courts, where they are considered subordinate with respect to property, inheritance, and marriage. This reinforces their status as second class citizens and prohibits them from the full realization of their rights.

"In the next 10-20 years, I would like to see more young women participating in leadership and decision-making platforms and more women taking part in developmental processes. It is my hope that in about a decade or so, all harmful traditional practices in Zambia would have been done away with, and practices such as forced circumcision and genital mutilation, early and forced marriage, gender-based violence and violence against women and girls are unheard of." - Chanda Katongo


$ 340,000,000
Military expenditure
Zambia spends USD$340,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defense ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
National Action Plan
This amount could cover the creation of the country's first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325... and its funding over at least a six-year period
NAP 1325
Zambia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Zambia made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security.