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.

Explore our new initiative, Onward for Afghan Women, to engage with our Afghan Women Experts, attend virtual conversations about the future of Afghanistan, and take action to support Afghan women's continued leadership.

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August 24, 2022
Inclusive Adaptation: A Benefit Multiplier for Climate Action and WPS
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August 17, 2022
Islam and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: Launching the Islam and Negotiation Action Guide for Muslim Women
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July 28, 2022
Engaging Afghan Women & Civil Society in U.S. Policymaking: The Launch of the U.S.-Afghan Consultative Mechanism
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The WPS Index

The 2021-2022 edition of the global Women Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries.