Country / Region profile of: Gabon

Although Gabon's recent political transition had been led by women and the Constitution of Gabon ensures the equality of men and women, women continue to struggle against discriminatory laws and practices, especially those pertaining to the family. Gabon has managed to avoid the conflicts involving other West African States due to its relative prosperity from oil exports. Gabon ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1983 and is not ranked on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In regards to disarmament, Gabon voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, signed on 25th September 2013, but has not yet ratified. In 2017, Gabon spent $298.7 million on its military. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Gabon gave a statement affirming support for WPS but made no specific commitments towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. Women activists continue to advocate for government budget and strategies to reflect national and international agendas on gender equality and women's empowerment. 

“It is women who are the most vulnerable to HIV because of their economic weakness. We need to awaken in them a spirit of independence and improve their intellectual, cultural and economic skills, and then assist them further with training, home management and microfinance skills. If we can do that, believe me, women will be the making of this country.” Doctor and former First Lady of Gabon, Edith-Lucie Bongo Ondimba


$ 298,700,000
Military expenditure
The country spends USD$298,700,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Investing in peace and gender equality
Gabon could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Gabon does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Gabon in 2015 pledged to increase support to UNWomen in order for it to fulfil its leadership role in the promotion and implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. It will continue to dedicate 52% of funding to fragile States directed towards activities with a gender focus. However, it did not make any specific financial commitments to Women, Peace and Security in 2015.