Country / Region profile of: Comoros

In the Comoros, the law prohibits discrimination based on gender and the Government has taken steps to improve the political participation of women. However, in practice, women have still underrepresented at the political level; only one parliamentarian is female. The Comoros have not been involved in any large-scale conflict in recent years, yet has experienced more than 20 (attempted) coups since it gained independence in 1975. As of 2017,  Comoros is not among the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). The Comoros acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 31 October 1994. The Comoros has not signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) nor does it have a NAP on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. The Comoros did not participate in the 2017 Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security; therefore, it made no commitments to the WPS Agenda. Currently, the Comoros has no military spending data available. Economic equality also remains a key challenge, as women have far fewer opportunities for education and salaried employment than men, especially in rural areas. Interestingly, in general, inheritance and property rights practices do not discriminate against, but rather favor women.

"The role of women in Comoran society outside politics is well-known. Strong matrilineal traditions coexist with a patrilineal system inherited from Islam." - Masséande Chami-Allawi