Country / Region profile of: N. Korea

The women peace advocates for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (also known as North Korea) need more support as they live and work in a highly militarised society and face serious human rights violations (including human trafficking and treatment in prison camps) and significant problems and barriers to participation. North Korea has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently, however, the country continues to have high tension with the Republic of Korea. On 27 April 2018, President Moon Jae-in, Chairman Kim Jong-un, and the people of both South Korea and North Korea signed the Panmunjeom Declaration on the historic Inter-Korean Summit, providing an opporutnity for further peace process, with women at its core. In 2013, North Korea voted in opposition to the Arms Trade Treaty. North Korea acceded to The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2001 and is currently not ranked on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). The complete denial of the freedoms of expression and association has prevented women from collectively advocating for their rights. No information is available as to North Korea's military spending in 2017.

“Women and children are the biggest victims on the battlefield and in the conflict zone." - Ahn Kim Jeong-ae

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Military expenditure
North Korea spends an unknown amount of money on the military.
National Action Plan
This amount could support the creation of the country's first National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325... and its funding over a number of years
NAP 1325
North Korea does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
North Korea in 2015 adopted a program to ensure that as of 2016, the respective budgets of all State institutions include resources earmarked to achieve gender equality and non-discrimination against women.