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For the first time ever: Women, Peace, and Security Index

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The new and global Women, Peace and Security Index, developed by PRIO and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security , launched at the United Nations during the 17th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in New York.

The WPS Index is a major innovation that will bridge insights from gender and development with peace and security indices. It captures both peace and security and women's inclusion and justice for the first time. The first report, structured around three basic dimensions of women's well-being (inclusion, justice and security), ranks 153 countries and covers more than 98 percent of the world's population. It will be updated every two years. 

 

 

Despite some major strides, women in many countries face huge constraints in personal security, social and political inclusion, and legal access that harm their well-being and hold back economies, according to our new Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index, released at the United Nations on October 26.

The Index, compiled by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. It is the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.

The WPS Index represents an innovation in how we think about and measure women’s wellbeing by bringing together achievements for example in schooling and access to cell phones, an essential tool for women around the world, with data on violence against women and girls. There are a growing number of global indices, but none has brought together these dimensions into a single measure and ranking.

 

Access the WPS Index here .

Download the full report here.

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