Country / Region profile of: Singapore

The Constitution states that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law, and the government generally respects these provisions. Despite the progress Singapore has made, gender equality has not been achieved in terms of women’s educational attainment, economic empowerment or political participation. Singapore women are poorer than men and face a higher risk of poverty than men in all ages. Singapore does not have a recent history of conflict. Singapore is ranked 65 out of 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2017 and ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1995. Singapore signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 5 December 2015 but has not yet ratified the treaty. During the 2017 October Security Council Open Debate, Singapore did not make any statements affirming support for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. In 2017, $10,198,000,000 bln was spent by Singapore on its military; however, they have not developed a National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (2000). Women's rights activists in Singapore work to prevent human trafficking, migrant worker's rights, social justice and equality. 

“With people as our only natural resource, it follows that investing in, developing and maximizing the full potential of every individual, male or female, is a priority.” - Halimah Binte Yacob


$ 10,198,000,000
Military expenditure
Singapore spends USD$10,198,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting gender equality
This amount could comfortably cover the entire yearly gender equality spend of the Development Assistance Committee of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
NAP 1325
Singapore does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Singapore made no specific financial commitments on Women, Peace and Security in 2015.