Launch of the Women, Peace and Security Index

Tuesday 22 October at 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. in Conference Room 6, UN Headquarters.

Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute Oslo



In 2017, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) launched the inaugural Women, Peace and Security Index. This was the most comprehensive ranking to date of women’s well-being around the globe, measuring three basic dimensions of women’s wellbeing — inclusion, justice, and security. As the first gender index to be developed in the framework of the 2030 Agenda, it has demonstrated extraordinary utility and served as a critical tool for policymakers and practitioners to assess gaps and areas for improvement.

This event will launch the second edition of the WPS Index, which provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s well-being and empowerment around the world. Several innovations this year have enhanced the value of the Index. Improvements in data availability have expanded coverage to 167 countries — encompassing more than 98 percent of the world’s population. The index assesses data at the subnational level for three of the most populous and most diverse countries: China, India, and Nigeria. The analysis of changes over time reveals the key drivers of progress as well as major areas of concern.

While just two years have passed since the inaugural WPS Index was published, major insights can be draw from recent trends. There have been significant recent advances in women’s wellbeing around the world, but progress is still too slow, and uneven across dimensions and countries.

This session will provide opportunities for stakeholders to review and discuss the challenges and to identify transformative change in advance of the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Topics for Discussion:

  • There have been broad advances on women’s inclusion, access to justice, and security, yet progress is uneven across countries and significant challenges remain. What are the most critical gaps?
  • What are the drivers of recent gains and losses in country rankings?
  • This update breaks down data by regions and sub-regions in China, India and Nigeria. What can we learn from this sub-national analysis?
  • How can the results and rankings be used to enhance accountability and accelerate progress in the run-up to the 1325 anniversary?


  • H.E. Ambassador Mona Juul, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ambassador Carlos Daniel Amorín Tenconi, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Dr. Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Dr. Torunn Tryggestad, Director, PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security

Conference Room 6, UNHQ
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