Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security was announced by President John J. DeGioia and 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 (SFS), and guided by the President's Office and SFS Dean Carol J. Lancaster.

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.

Why now? 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... ." The Institute also complements and draws on the work of other Georgetown entities including the Georgetown Law Center, the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown's Conflict Resolution Program, the Center for Security Studies, the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), and the MSFS and Global Human Development Programs.As the United States and nations around the world embrace 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 the essential analysis, expertise and leadership on this critical issue.