The Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Initiative is designed to bridge existing divides between the traditional security community and the WPS community. The Initiative seeks to reframe and broaden the WPS agenda to include a Gender, Peace, and Security agenda in order to advance knowledge and build and support a community of international security experts that are more diverse and knowledgeable about the gender dimensions of complex international security challenges.
The Gender, Peace and Security Policy Roundtable Series explores the gender dimensions of key regional security challenges. The roundtable discussions provide a forum for bringing together a diverse group of experts and policymakers to advance gender considerations in security policy deliberations. See the policybriefs here.
The Missing Peace Initiative is a project of The United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO),and Women In International Security. It brings together expert scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and military and civil society actors to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge and reporting and explore how to increase the effectiveness of current responses to such violence.
The Combat Integration Initiative examines and monitors the integration of women in the military, including the integration of women in combat positions in the U.S. military.
The Women, Peace, and Security Leadership Program enables WIIS' Women in International Security team of highly educated professionals, many of whom have extensive military backgrounds who assist countries’, to help with the development and implementation of their Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans. WIIS evaluates and assesses existing plans and programs and provides training for government agencies, including security institutions, on how to successfully execute their plans.
The Mentor and Professional Development Program increases the professional opportunities of women, focusing specifically on women at the mid and senior-levels. The program helps women navigate real and presumed obstacles in their careers through the provision of a skill-building series, resource center, and promotion of a transparent network of leaders.
Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism Roundtables provide a forum for bringing together an international group of experts and policymakers from the counter-terrorism and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) communities. Key takeaways and recommendations of expert roundtables are captured and disseminated in the form of policy briefs.
Men, Peace and Security Symposium took place on October 28-30, 2013. The symposium aimed to better understand how the ascribed norms of men and masculine identities contribute to, and may even help mitigate violent conflict and post-conflict. It builds upon and complements the work of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, especially as seen through the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. It applies the lens of gender to the broader issues surrounding peace and security.