Women, Peace, and Security Index

In partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, we draw on recognized international data sources to provide a more comprehensive measure of women's wellbeing and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. #WPSindex

The 2019 WPS Index ranks 167 countries on women's equality, reveals trends in women's wellbeing across 11 indicators, and offers subnational data for China, India and Nigeria.

NEW: our United States WPS Index explores best and worst states for American women.

2019 WPS Index Highlights

National Geographic Features Index

National Geographic logo

National Geographic magazine’s stunning graphics and thoughtful article reveal how 167 countries treat women—and why it’s strategic to care.

Subnational Data for 4 Countries

In the latest report, we take a deeper dive into four of the most diverse and most populous countries in the world.

 

What Women Say

“Too often peace is measured by the silence of guns. But is a woman at peace when she faces violence in her own home? Is a young woman at peace when she is living in fear of a harmful practice like female genital mutilation or being married off young?”
— Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund

 

In-depth interviews with women complement GIWPS’ quantitative data and illuminate what peace and security mean to women around the world. These interviews were recently featured in Melinda Gates’ blog, Evoke .

A Tool for Advocacy

 

The WPS Index can be used by activists to spotlight achievements as well as injustices in their communities and countries. Its public rankings can be leveraged to hold decision-makers accountable. This guide outlines some ways to use the multidimensional WPS Index results as a catalyst to advance gender equality.

Explore by Country

Hover over a country and click to explore more.

Index Score
0 - 0.43
0.43 - 0.57
0.57 - 0.71
0.71 - 0.86
0.86 - 1

Index Rankings

Arrows indicate advance or decline in global rankings since 2017

Highest Ranked

Norway

Ranking: 1 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.904

Switzerland

Ranking: 2 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.893

Denmark

Ranking: 3 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.891

Finland

Ranking: 3 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.891

Iceland

Ranking: 5 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.888

Austria

Ranking: 6 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.884

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.883

Luxembourg

Ranking: 8 / 167 Increase
Average Index Rating: 0.88

Netherlands

Ranking: 9 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.879

Sweden

Ranking: 9 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.879

Lowest Ranked

Yemen

Ranking: 167 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.351

Afghanistan

Ranking: 166 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.373

Syria

Ranking: 165 / 167
Average Index Rating: 0.416

Pakistan

Ranking: 164 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.46

South Sudan

Ranking: 163 / 167
Average Index Rating: 0.479

Iraq

Ranking: 162 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.49

DR Congo

Ranking: 161 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.512

Central African Republic

Ranking: 160 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.513

Mali

Ranking: 159 / 167 Decrease
Average Index Rating: 0.539

Libya

Ranking: 158 / 167
Average Index Rating: 0.546

Explore by Dimension

Click on one of three dimensions to explore data or explore the dimensions together.

The Best & Worst Countries for Women