About

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, global convenings and strategic partnerships. 

The Institute is setting a course for a more stable, peaceful and just world by putting a spotlight on how women can and do:

  • Improve peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace-building
  • Strengthen conflict prevention and resolution initiatives
  • Mitigate humanitarian emergencies
  • Foster democratic political transitions

Drawing on Georgetown University's breadth of expertise and unique international standing, the Institute:

  • Leverages its reach within influential spheres of diplomacy, security, policy and academia
  • Pioneers innovative research, training and scholarship that is evidence-based and impactful, and that closes the information gap on the effects of women's participation
  • Convenes global leaders, highlights best approaches, and utilizes the latest technology to share information broadly
  • Inspires and influences the next generation of leaders

The creation of the Institute was announced by President John J. DeGioia and then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown on December 19, 2011 when the Secretary unveiled the historic United States' National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. A University-wide initiative, the Institute is housed at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer. 

Building on the momentum of the recently launched U.S. Department of State Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the University recognized a new and exciting opportunity to deepen and extend its engagement with the critical issues of our time involving women worldwide.

The creation of this Institute is timely both for Georgetown and for the broader scholarly and policy community engaged in these issues. At the broadest level, it is a continuation of the mandate articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which reaffirmed "the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building," and stressed "the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security... ." 

As the international community recognizes the importance of elevating women’s participation in peace and security efforts, Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security stands ready to provide essential analysis, expertise and leadership on this critical issue.