Country / Region profile of: Saint Lucia

The Constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Women enjoy equal rights under the law, including in economic, family, property, and judicial matters. However, women are underrepresented in politics and other professions. Violence against women is a serious concern and often goes unreported. Saint Lucia does not have a recent history of conflict. Saint Lucia has neither been listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2017, nor has it signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Saint Lucia ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 25 September 2014. Currently, Saint Lucia does not have a NAP for the implementation of UNSCR 1325, and military spending data is not available. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Saint Lucia Crisis Center for Women, located in Castries, work to address the issue of violence against women.

“We really and truly we want to see more women in elected politics. Women are sensitive to women, children and social issues. They will be able to make a difference. We think women are the best persons to articulate women’s issues. So it’s important to not only to support and encourage those women who have gone past the barriers, and put themselves forward in political leadership.” - Charms Gaspard

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Military expenditure
The country spends an unknown amount of money on the military
Investing in peace and gender equality
Saint Lucia could invest in creation and ongoing funding of a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
NAP 1325
Saint Lucia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Saint Lucia made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.