Country / Region profile of: Saudi Arabia

 Saudi Arabia does not have a recent history of large-scale conflict, but is a key player in the region. Women are generally excluded from political affairs in Saudi Arabia. However, in January 2013 a royal decree established that women would receive at least 20 percent of the seats on the Consultative Council. A 2011 decree gave women the right to vote and seek seats in the 2015 municipal council elections. Saudi Arabia is ranked 138 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017 and it has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2000. Saudi Arabia has not signed nor ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Saudi Arabia participated in the 2017 Open Debate on WPS but did not make any concrete commitments. In 2016, Saudi Arabia spent $69,413,000,000 bln on its military; Saudi Arabia has not adopted a National Action Plan for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325. Under the guardianship system, girls and women are forbidden from traveling or conducting official business without permission from their male guardians. Likewise, under un-codified rules on personal status, women often face discrimination in relation to marriage, divorce and custody of children. Women face additional discrimination in gaining access to justice. Female activists in Saudi Arabia today work to expand women's rights and push for government reform.

“If we keep quiet, nothing will change. And usually the regimes are very comfortable unless you shake the ground under them. What you do is keep shaking the ground.” - Manal al-Sharif


$ 6,941,300,000
Military expenditure
Saudi Arabia spends USD$69,413,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending girls to school
This amount could send many thousands of young girls to all years of primary and secondary school in Saudi Arabia.
NAP 1325
Saudi Arabia does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments