UK Launch of the WPS Index

On November 30, 2017 the London School of Economics (LSE) hosted the London launch of our Women, Peace and Security Index. The event attracted about 200 participants, including attendees from the government (e.g. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID), civil society (e.g. CARE), private sector (e.g. MasterCard), students and academics.

The session was chaired by Dr. Paul Kirby of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Our Managing Director, Jeni Klugman, introduced the Index and highlighted the major findings. Professor Frances Stewart of Oxford University spoke about how the Index is an “excellent and important contribution” that is predictive of good human development over time. Stanford University’s Dr. Gary Darmstadt talked about gender norms and health in relation to the Index and Professor Anita Raj spoke to the value it adds to the security sector.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the U.K. government’s special representative on preventing sexual violence, gave closing remarks and touched on the importance of holding governments to account and how “countries should embrace the Index.”