Women are still largely shut out of negotiations that seek to end conflicts, as well as decisions that shape post conflict recovery. More than half of all peace agreements fail in the first five years after adoption. Yet we know that women are critical to achieving sustainable peace. We saw it in Northern Ireland, Liberia, Colombia, and other places of conflict around the world.
The Institute was launched in 2011 by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who serves as the Institute’s honorary founding chair, and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia in order to build the evidence-based case for a focus on women, peace, and security. The Institute continues to demonstrate and advocate for advancing women’s rights and addressing gender inequalities in order to attain sustainable peace.