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.