Norway co-hosts presentation of new global index for women, peace and security

Panelists at the presentation of the Women Peace and Security Index - Photo:Andreas Slørdahl
ODIHR-director Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir reminded the attendees that gender equality is currently one of the best predictors of stability.

The Permanent Mission of Norway to the OSCE, together with ODIHR and the OSCE Secretariat Gender Section, hosted a panel debate to present the "Women, Peace and Security Global Index" on March 7th.

 The panel debate was chaired by Amarsanaa Darisuren, the OSCE Senior Gender Adviser. The panelists were Ms. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of ODIHR; Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Special Representative of the Chairperson-in-Office on Gender Issues, and two of the researchers that produced the index; Dr. Jeni Klugman from Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Dr. Louise Olsson from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

In his welcoming address, Ambassador Steffen Kongstad said i a that the index must be used as a tool for assessing implementation of policy and not seen as a popularity contest.

The new global Women Peace and Security Index has been developed by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). It draws on recognized international data sources on eleven different indicators to rank 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. This is the first index that brings together women’s situation in three dimensions, inclusion, justice, and security, to study progress on both the international Women, Peace and Security agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The index shows that few countries perform uniformly well, middling, or badly across the 11 indicators and that some countries perform much better—and some much worse—than their regional average on the index. This tells us that all countries have some areas where they have something to learn and to do.

Looking at the security dimension of the index, we find that there is a striking correlation between insecurity in the home, which is measured by high rates of intimate partner violence, and a lack of safety in the community. Rates of current intimate partner violence in developing countries are more than one-third higher in conflict countries than in non-conflict countries. This is a stark reminder that women’s rights and equality between genders is an area that needs to be taken seriously, also, from a security perspective.

See the full report on the index here.