Although women in Lithuania enjoy the same legal rights as men do, women still suffer from inadequate enforcement of laws concerning violence against and trafficking of women. Lithuania has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. Lithuania is a NATO member; therefore, it is involved in its military ooperations. Lithuania acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1994, and is ranked 28 out of 144 listed countries in the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). In 2017, $ 812 mln was spent by Lithuania on its military. In October 2015 at the WPS Open Debate, the representative of Lithuania confirmed country's commitment to ensure an adequate response should sexual exploitation or abuse and to pursue expanding the involvement of women in peace operations in both the civilian and military fields. In October 2016, Liechtenstein confirmed that they have achieved a 33% quota in peacekeeping missions. In the WPS Open Debate 2017, Lithuania made a statement as part of the Baltic States, where they stated that the Baltic countries remain committed to securing accountability for sexual and gender-based violence through national and international mechanisms. It is equally important to ensure that victims receive genuine compensation for the harm they have suffered. Women activists in Lithuania continue to advocate for greater awareness and implementation of gender equality policies.