Women are critical to achieving sustainable peace

Our goal is to build the evidence-based case for a focus on women, peace, and security.


Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful, and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. We engage in rigorous research, host global convenings, advance strategic partnerships, and nurture the next generation of leaders. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Institute is headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer.


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March 13, 2019
Amplifying the Role of Women in Post-Conflict Reconstruction
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March 11, 2019
From Data to Policy and Action: A Panel on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Girls
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March 5, 2019
Celebrating Congressional Women Leaders in Foreign Policy
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The New Global WPS Index

The Women Peace and Security Index draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. Compiled by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, it is the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.