United Nations

Women, Peace and Security Index


WPS Index

The Women, Peace, and Security 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.

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) 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 to examine and highlight the roles of women in fostering peace and security and growing economies worldwide.

At the broadest level, the Institute is a continuation of the mandate articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, which reaffirmed “the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building,” and stressed “the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security….”

As the international community recognizes the importance of elevating women’s participation, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security stands ready to provide essential analysis, expertise and leadership on this critical issue.

Women, Peace and Security Index 2019

Women, Peace and Security Index
Tracking sustainable peace through inclusion, justice, and security for women

This first update of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s well-being and empowerment around the world. It reflects a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunities.

While just two years have passed since the inaugural WPS Index was published, major insights can be drawn from recent trends. The timing of this report offers opportunities for stakeholders to review and discuss challenges and to identify opportunities for transformative change in advance of the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

The WPS Index incorporates three basic dimensions of women’s well-being—inclusion (economic, social, political); justice (formal laws and informal discrimination); and security (at the family, community, and societal levels)— which are captured and quantified through 11 indicators.
The indicators are aggregated at the national level to create a global ranking of 167 countries. On a pilot basis in this report, we constructed subnational indexes for three of the world’s largest countries (China, India, and Nigeria), which reveal difference in performance within countries on many fronts.
> giwps.georgetown.edu/the-index/