Women, Peace and Security Platform

This is a "one-stop-shop" where professionals can access basic information about Women, Peace and Security (WPS)! Navigate below:

  • What is Women, Peace and Security?: Start here! Get a basic understanding of WPS before exploring the rest of the platform.
  • Organizations: A listing of nonprofit and humanitarian organizations, NGOs, and government and military-affiliated organizations that work on WPS and relevant issues.
  • Jobs: Where to find work in the WPS sector.
  • Documents and Articles: Important documents that comprise the WPS agenda and how to implement them, relevant reports and data, and articles explaining the importance of WPS.
  • Research Guides and Resources: Online databases and resources to help you research WPS and related issues.
  • Glossary: Key terms you will come across when looking at WPS and related fields.
  • Online Courses: Free online courses to help you learn more about WPS.
  • Testimonials: Women experts and practitioners of WPS answer questions about working in the field.


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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)
Type: NGO
Website: https://www.awid.org

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
Established: 1962
Website: https://www.csis.org

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

Location: Boston, MA (University of Massachusetts Boston)
Type: Academic
Established: 2002
Website: http://genderandsecurity.org
Email: info@genderandsecurity.org

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)

Location: Washington, D.C. (Georgetown University)
Type: Academic
Established: 2011
Website: http://giwps.georgetown.edu
Email: giwps@georgetown.edu

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.


Inclusive Security

Location: Washington, D.C. / Cambridge, MA
Type: NGO
Established: 1999
Website: https://www.inclusivesecurity.org

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)

Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: NGO
Established: 2006
Website: http://www.icanpeacework.org
Email: info@icanpeacework.org

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
Type: Humanitarian
Established: 1863
Website: https://www.icrc.org

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

Location: London, United Kingdom (London School of Economics)
Type: Academic
Website: http://giwps.georgetown.edu
Email: women.peace.security@lse.ac.uk

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)
Type: Intergovernmental
Established: 2012
Website: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_91091.htm

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 UN and other relevant organizations.


NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

Location: New York, NY (Presence in 50+ countries)
Type: NGO
Established: 2000
Website: http://www.womenpeacesecurity.org

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)

Location: Kungsängen, Sweden
Type: Military (Swedish Armed Forces)
Established: 2012
Website: http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/en/swedint
Email: swedint@mil.se

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)
Type: NGO
Established: 2000
Website: http://peacewomen.org

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
Established: 1984
Website: https://www.usip.org

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

Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: NGO
Established: 1997
Website: http://www.vitalvoices.org
Email: info@vitalvoices.org

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)

Location: Washington, D.C. / Atlanta, GA / Membership and Chapters across the U.S.
Type: NGO
Established: 1982
Website: https://www.wand.org
Email: peace@wand.org

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)

Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: NGO
Established: 1995
Website: http://www.wfpg.org
Email: programs@wfpg.org

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)
Type: NGO
Established: 1915
Website: http://wilpf.org

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

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Type: NGO
Website: https://wpsn-canada.org
Email: wpsncanada@gmail.com

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

Location: New York, NY / Washington, D.C.
Type: NGO
Established: 1989
Website: https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org
Email: info@wrcommission.org

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.



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 Here you can begin your search for jobs in the WPS field.

Global Jobs
Global Jobs is a search engine for global professionals who are looking for jobs at NGOs, the government, the private sector, and think tanks. Use keywords such as "women", "gender", "peace", or "security" to find relevant positions.

Women in International Security (WIIS)
WIIS publishes a bi-weekly compilation of job opportunities in the security sector, with a particular focus on women and gender. Note: The Jobs Hotline is only available to WIIS members.

UN Women
UN Women's WPS section lists its jobs on the UNDP website. Positions are listed thematically, with jobs in the Women, Peace and Security sphere listed under “Gender Equality”.


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The Documents and Articles section is divided into 4 parts:
I. UN Security Council Resolutions (the 8 resolutions that comprise the WPS agenda);
II. Documents on the implementation of the WPS agenda (including recommendations, reports, guides, and National Action Plans);
III. Articles and essays explaining the importance of WPS; and
IV. Online books on WPS and related topics.

I. UN Security Council Resolutions (The WPS Agenda)

Passed in 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the landmark resolution that first recognized the important role that women play in maintaining international peace and security. The seven resolutions that followed built upon  1325, and together these 8 resolutions comprise the Women, Peace and Security agenda. (Resolution summaries via UN Women)

  1. UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000). Affirms the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of gender perspectives in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, and post-conflict peacebuilding and governance.
  2. UN Security Council Resolution 1820 (2008). Recognizes sexual violence as a tactic of war and a matter of international peace and security that necessitates a security response.
  3. UN Security Council Resolution 1888 (2009). Strengthens efforts to end sexual violence in conflict by establishing a Special Representative of the Secretary-General and team of experts on rule of law and sexual violence in conflict, deploying expertise and improving coordination among stakeholders involved in addressing conflict-related sexual violence.
  4. UN Security Council Resolution 1889 (2009). Stresses the need to strengthen implementation and establishes indicators for the monitoring of resolution 1325; calls for the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Security Council on women’s participation and inclusion in peacebuilding.
  5. UN Security Council Resolution 1960 (2010). Establishes a monitoring and reporting mechanism on sexual violence in conflict.
  6. UN Security Council Resolution 2106 (2013). Focuses on accountability for perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict; stresses women’s political and economic empowerment.
  7. UN Security Council Resolution 2122 (2013). Addresses persistent gaps in implementing the WPS agenda; positions gender equality and women’s empowerment as critical to international peace and security; recognizes the differential impact of all violations in conflict on women and girls, and calls for consistent application of WPS across the Security Council’s work.
  8. UN Security Council Resolution 2242 (2015). Establishes the Informal Experts Group (IEG); addresses persistent obstacles to implementation including financing and institutional reforms; focuses on greater integration of the agendas on WPS and counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism; calls for improved Security Council working methods on WPS.
II. Implementation of the WPS Agenda
  • Women and Peace and Security: Guidelines for National Implementation
    Published by:
    UN Women
    Description: These are UN Women's recommendations for national governments to develop and adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) for implementation of the WPS agenda. A NAP is a document that details the actions and initiatives that a government is currently taking and will undertake within a given time frame to meet the obligations contained in the eight UN Security Council WPS resolutions.
  • A Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
    Published by: UN Women (October 2015)
    Description: This Global Study on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) was requested by the Secretary-General in response to the Security Council invitation in Resolution 2122 (2013). It reviews the challenges and lessons learned across regions in implementing the WPS agenda 15 years following the adoption of Resolution 1325.
  • National Action Plans on WPS
    Published by: 66 states (as of May 2017)
    Description: A total of 66 national governments have adopted NAPs in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Visit the link to view summaries and find links to each country's official NAP.
  • Scorecard on Implementation of the WPS Agenda by the UN Security Council Permanent Members
    Published by: WILPF/PeaceWomen
    Description: This scores the implementation of the WPS agenda by the UN Security Council's permanent members (P5): the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Russian Federation, and China. It aims to strengthen accountability by addressing ongoing gaps between the P5's WPS commitments and accomplishments, and provides recommendations for the P5 moving forward.
  • Women, Peace and Security Handbook
    Published by: WILPF/PeaceWomen (January 2015)
    Description: This is the second version of the PeaceWomen handbook, complied by WILPF’s Gender, Peace and Security Programme. It is a tool for good practice language and recommendations on the incorporation of gender and women’s rights into the UN Security Council’s work.


III. Articles and Essays on WPS


IV. Online Books on WPS

Women on the Frontlines of Peace and Security


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 Below are listed some online databases and compilations of resources and data to help you research WPS and related issues.

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security: Online Research Repository

From: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS)
Website: https://giwps.georgetown.edu/research/online-repository

Coming soon! In late 2017, GIWPS will unveil a state-of-the-art database of key articles and studies documenting significant issues and best practices in the field of WPS. Curated by GIWPS staff, the repository will be a ‘go-to’ information hub for scholars, practitioners and students. It will catalog journal articles, reports, international laws and doctrines, brief publications, infographics, and various multimedia resources in an easily accessible and searchable format. The Institute will solicit additions to the repository on an ongoing-basis online.


NATO Library Guide: Women, Peace and Security

From: NATO's Multimedia Library
Website: http://www.natolibguides.info/women

This resource is intended to provide a few starting points to assist you with your research on issues related to WPS, in particular in the NATO context. It includes links to reports, briefings, and articles on NATO's activities related to WPS and efforts to promote gender equality in peace and security institutions.


PeaceWomen Resource Center on Women, Peace and Security

From: WILPF/PeaceWomen
Website: http://www.peacewomen.org/resource-center

This online resource hub offers thousands of resources, tools, and initiatives from the local to the global level all around the world. It can help you find information about specific types of initiatives and resources (i.e.: Security Council Open Debates; WILPF Initiatives, or the Analysis of the General Assembly General Debates), which can be further filtered by thematic or geographical topic. Otherwise, all available information can be searched by a thematic or geographical topic of interest (i.e.: the analysis of 1325 NAPs, latest reports on progresses and challenges, or the recent relevant developments within the Security Council’s work) and comprehensively assess the current state of the WPS agenda in a chosen context.


UN Women: UN System Coordination Library

From: UN Women
Website: http://www.unwomen.org/en/how-we-work/un-system-coordination/library

Search UN Women's section of the UN System Coordination Library for publications, documents, and reports on gender equality and mainstreaming, women's empowerment, violence against women and girls, and related topics.


WomanStats Project

From: WomanStats
Website: http://www.womanstats.org

The WomanStats Project began in 2001 with the aim of investigating the link between the security and behavior of states and the situation and security of the women within them. The database is the largest crossnational compilation of data, statistics, and maps on the status of women worldwide. Organized by country, it has over 350 variables for 176 countries. It codes variables on data that includes laws, statistics, and practices within countries; the information available ranges from data on domestic violence to female landownership to political participation.


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Four Pillars of WPS

  1. Participation: Full and equal participation and representation at all levels of decision-making, including peace talks and negotiations, electoral processes (both candidates and voters), UN positions, and the broader social-political sphere.
  2. Conflict Prevention: Incorporation of a gender perspective and the participation of women in preventing the emergence, spread, and re-emergence of violent conflict as well as addressing root causes including the need for disarmament. Addressing the continuum of violence and adopting a holistic perspective of peace based on equality, human rights and human security for all, including the most marginalized, applied both domestically and internationally.
  3. Protection: Specific protection of the rights and needs of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict settings, including reporting and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence; domestic implementation of regional and international laws and conventions.
  4. Relief and Recovery: Access to health services and trauma counselling, including for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. [Source]

Gender vs Sex

Gender mainstreaming

Human security

National Action Plan (NAP)



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Teach yourself more about WPS! See below for links to free online courses especially designed for those interested in or working on WPS and related issues.

Implementation of the Security Council Resolutions on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

From: Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) and UN Women
Courses:Africa ]  [ Asia and the Pacific ]  [ Latin America and the Caribbean ]
Description: The purpose of these 3 courses are to raise awareness about the importance of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the WPS agenda; to build capacities for their implementation; and to promote their sustainable implementation at the regional and national levels. While informative for any student interested in the topic, the courses were especially designed for people who work in the area of peace and security at the national or regional levels in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, or Latin America and the Caribbean, and who require a practical tool to support and facilitate the implementation of the WPS agenda.


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Here we will post testimonials from experts in the WPS field who can provide insight and guidance about (1) what it means to work on WPS issues, and (2) advice to young/mid level professionals looking to enter this field.

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