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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September 28, 2019
Hillary Rodham Clinton Celebrates Women’s Rights Defenders at Georgetown
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September 25, 2019
Advancing Women’s Meaningful Participation to Resolve Conflict and Build Peace in Afghanistan
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September 18, 2019
Education for Marginalized Children Focus of Global Seminar
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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. An updated WPS Index—with new data and trends, 14 additional countries, and 3 subnational indices—will be released on October 22, 2019, along with exclusive National Geographic visualizations.