Country / Region profile of: Uruguay

Women in Uruguay enjoy equal rights under the law but face traditional discriminatory attitudes and practices, including salaries averaging approximately two-thirds those of men. Violence against women remains a problem. Uruguay is ranked 77 out of 136 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) for 2013. Uruguya ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1981. Women hold only 12 percent of the seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 13 percent of the Senate. However, under a 2009 quota law, women must comprise one-third of a party's candidate list beginning in 2014. Women make up approximately 25 percent Uruguay's armed forces, compared to an average of 4 percent in Latin American countries. A widespread array of community organizations are active in civic life. Numerous women's rights groups focus on problems such as violence against women and societal discrimination.

"I’d like to say something else to you about the term, ‘battered woman’. In our opinion ‘battered’ isn’t only related to physical blows. Battered women may have suffered all possible kinds of violence: mental, sexual and, strange as it may sound, economic violence. As the economic situation is very


$ 1,242,000,000
Military expenditure
Uruguay spends USD$1,242,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Child sex exploitation prevention
This amount could pay for thousands of youth promoters, as well as TV commercials and materials for tourists, aimed at stamping out child sexual exploitation
NAP 1325
Uruguay does not have a National Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
WPS commitments
Uruguay reaffirms its commitment to the agenda on Women, Peace and Security and to continue working with the United Nations and all Member States for its full and effective implementation.