Below is a listing of organizations whose work involves furthering the goals and implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, ensuring women's political and economic empowerment, and/or advocating for women's participation in peace and security institutions. The list includes a range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government and military-affiliated organizations, academic institutions, and humanitarian organizations all over the world.
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Location: Toronto, Canada / Mexico City, Mexico / Cape Town, South Africa (Presence in 15 countries)
AWID is an international feminist membership organization. It works to achieve gender justice and women’s human rights by strengthening the collective voice, impact and influence of global women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements.
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: NGO / Think Tank
CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional study; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration. Through its Smart Women, Smart Power (SWSP) Initiative, CSIS works to amplify the voices of women in foreign policy, national security, international business, and development.
Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights
The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights works to integrate the study of gender into research on human rights, security and armed conflict. Drawing on large academic network of individual scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, as well as on-the-ground civil society activists, the Consortium has increased attention on international and national policy issues concerning women and war. The Consortium advocates for bridging the gap between scholarly research on gender and policy makers and practitioners working on conflict in the field. The Consortium supports the women, peace and security agenda by procuring events with key academic thinkers and publishing multidimensional, structural, and feminist gendered analysis through its Research Hub.
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS)
GIWPS engages in research, partnerships, and global convenings to examine and highlight women’s roles and experiences in the field of peace and security. The institute is housed in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. It is headed by Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues.
Location: Washington, D.C. / Cambridge, MA
Inclusive Security equips decision makers with knowledge and tools that strengthen their ability to develop inclusive policies and approaches, and has also bolstered the skills and influence of women leaders around the world. It provides advice, supports policymakers, trains and mentors women leaders, and builds coalitions between these two actors.
International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
ICAN is a US based non-profit organization whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills, and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Comité international de la Croix-Rouge
Location: Geneva, Switzerland (Headquarters), Presence in 80+ countries
The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law. The ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
LSE Centre for Women, Peace, and Security
The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security is an academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation of women in conflict-affected situations around the world. Through innovative research, teaching, and multi-sectoral engagement, the Centre for Women, Peace and Security aims to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security.
NATO - Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
Location: Brussels, Belgium (NATO Headquarters)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization appoints a Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security to reinforce and promote the implementation by NATO of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and of related resolutions. The Special Representative's mandate includes raising awareness of NATO’s policies and activities in this area, ensuring their coordination, and cooperating with the United Nations and other relevant organisations.
NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security
Location: New York, NY (Presence in 50+ countries)
The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, a project of Tides Center, is a coalition of 14 international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the United Nations and around the world. Its members work in over 50 countries that have been affected by conflict and partner with over 200 NGOs and 75 networks of civil society actors and activists. It monitors policy and practice and builds coalitions between civil society and high-level decision makers.
Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM)
The NCGM was established by the Nordic countries in an effort to implement the WPS agenda by applying a gender perspective into military operations. As the leading international center on gender in military operations, the NCGM acts as a hub of knowledge where experts can share and exchange information. It assists military organizations in integrating and applying gender perspectives by providing advice on policy development, holding education and training courses, and participating in international seminars and workshops. It collaborates closely with the Nordic countries, NATO, the UN, the EU, other international organizations, NGOs, and military training centers all around the world.
Location: New York, NY (WILPF Office)
PeaceWomen is a programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-standing women’s peace organisation in the world. PeaceWomen was founded to strengthen women’s rights and participation in international peace and security efforts. PeaceWomen monitors, informs, and advocates for women’s’ rights and participation in conflict situations and promotes gender analysis in conflict prevention. It facilitates monitoring of the United Nations system, with a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP)
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: National Institute
USIP is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. USIP pursues this vision on the ground in conflict zones, working with local partners to prevent conflicts from turning to bloodshed and to end it when they do. The Institute provides training, analysis, and other resources to people, organizations, and governments working to build peace.
Vital Voices works on economic empowerment, human rights, and political and public leadership. They train and empower social entrepreneurs and women leaders, equipping them with various skills, such as business development, marketing, management, and communication.
Women's Action for New Direction (WAND)
WAND empowers women to be agents of change to reduce violence and militarism, support nuclear disarmament, and redirect excessive Pentagon spending to unmet human and environmental needs. WAND was originally founded as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, it became Women's Action for New Directions, and has been dedicating its energies to redirecting federal budget priorities away from the military-industrial complex and toward human needs.
Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG)
WFPG is committed to promoting women’s leadership and voices in international affairs through our in-depth global issues programming and mentoring activities. A key player in broadening the constituency for international affairs, WFPG brings together participants from across disciplines and links women domestically and internationally. Through highlighting women leaders in foreign policy, WFPG helps provide important role models for the next generation and create a vital network of women from different sectors, generations, and backgrounds.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland / New York, NY (National Sections in 30+ countries)
The WILPF brings together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means and promoting political, economic and social justice for all. It utilizes a non-violent approach and existing international legal and political frameworks to achieve fundamental change in the way states conceptualise and address issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. Its strength lies in its ability to link the international and local levels. It was one of the first organisations to gain consultative status (category B) with the United Nations, and the only women’s anti-war organisation so recognised.
Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada
The Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada is a network of over 70 Canadian NGOs and individuals committed to promoting and monitoring the efforts of the Canadian government to implement and support the women, peace and security agenda and providing a forum for exchange and action by Canadian civil society on relevant issues.
Women's Refugee Commission
The Women's Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. It researches their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. Since its founding, it has been a leading expert on the needs of refugee women and children, and the policies that can protect and empower them.