Advancing the Measurement of Women’s Inclusion, Justice, and Security: Linking the Women, Peace and Security Index to WPS in Practice

On March 15th, IPI together with the Government of Norway, and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS) cohosted a panel discussion on advancing the measurement of women’s inclusion, justice, and security by linking the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index to WPS in practice.

Gender equality is closely linked to peace and sustainable development. The international community has increasingly recognized this nexus, as reflected in UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security and the more recent sustaining peace agenda. Complementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, these resolutions highlight the role of women in building peaceful and just societies.

Global indices are a way to assess and compare national progress by distilling an array of complex information into a single number and ranking. While there are a growing number of global indices, none have brought together women’s inclusion, access to justice, and security. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Institute of Oslo have developed the first global index to capture peace, security, and women’s inclusion, drawing from 153 countries covering 98 percent of the world’s population. A link to the Index can be found here.

The new WPS Index provides valuable insights and opportunities for stakeholders to discuss challenges and identify major routes for change around a shared agenda for women’s inclusion, justice, and security. The index also invites consideration of how to best collect and report accurate and inclusive data, with particular emphasis on the individual, household, community, and state levels.

This event was designed to inform and facilitate discussion among participants in the Commission on the Status of Women, UN member states, academics, and civil society. It brought together different stakeholders to discuss data collection in the WPS space, using key insights from the WPS Index to explore priorities for action and the global state of the WPS agenda, as well as ways to better use data to promote and support women’s rights, sustainability, and peace.

H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Dr. Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security
Mr. Papa Seck, Chief Statistician, UN Women
Ms. Lina Abou Habib, Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership

Dr. Sarah Taylor, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute