Women in Equatorial Guinea continue to face serious human rights violations, including forced labour and sex trafficking, due to the authoritarian regime and discriminatory social customs. Equatorial Guinea has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. Equatorial Guinea acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1984. As of 2017, Eq. Guinea is not among the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Equatorial Guinea was absent from the vote on the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), and has not yet signed or ratified it. Equatorial Guinea did not participate in the October 2015 UNSC Open Debate and they did not participate in the UNSC Open Debate on WPS in October 2016 either. They did participate in 2017, but made no commitments. In 2016, Equatorial Guinea spent $18.2 million on military spending;there is no data available for 2017. Women peace activists face obstacles in their attempts to address abuses as the Government imposes restrictive conditions on NGOs and refuses to allow the registration of independent human rights groups.