Cape Verde

CapeVerdeThe Republic of Cape Verde has an estimated population of 512,600 (UN, 2010). The capital is Praia. Cape Verde has an area of 4,033 sq km (1,557 sq miles). The main languages are Portuguese, and Crioulo (a mixture of archaic Portuguese and African words).

Cape Verde became independent in 1975 from Portugal. One year after gaining its independence, a tentative unification between Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau was abandoned. During the second half of the 20th century, over 200,000 people died due to severe droughts, which incited heavy emigration. It is reported that more Cape Verdeans live abroad than on the islands. Cape Verde is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Africa.

  •   Cape Verde ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol) on the 21st of June 2005.
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was ratified by Cape Verde on the 5th of December 1980.
  • Cape Verde has not yet adopted a National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).
  • There are no current or former UN peacekeeping mandates in Cape Verde.

Source:BBC, AlertNet, CIA, UN, SIGI,

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