Country / Region profile of: Italy

Italian women occupy only a small percentage of the high positions in government and in corporations. Italy is a major participant of United Nations peacekeeping missions and has peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Italy ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985 and  ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2 April 2014. Italy is ranked 82 out of 145 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). During the 2017 October Open Debate, Italy gave a statement affirming support for WPS and made a commitment to support a number of projects led by UN-Women in Africa, the Middle East and Central America in the areas of both women’s empowerment and engagement in peace and security processes, for approximately $10 million. In 2017, $ 29.2 billion were spent by Italy on its military; subsequently, the National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000) has no allocated budget.  Women activists in Italy continue to advocate for greater attention and focus by the Government on issues of gender equality and women's empowerment.

"Wars bring to mind a mass death penalty. Everything is possible without wars, but with all the wars raging in many regions, nothing is possible anymore. We are facing a grim picture. " - Marinella Correggia

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

$ 29,236,000,000
Military expenditure
Italy spends USD$29,236,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting equal pay for women
This amount could provide employment training and support for women in Italy, who are currently 12 percentage points below the EU average for paid work
NAP 1325
The Italy NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
Italy in 2017 pledged to support a number of projects led by UN-Women in Africa, the Middle East and Central America in the areas of both women’s empowerment and engagement in peace and security processes, for approximately $10 million.