Policy and Tools

As Major Donors of Foreign Aid Renew Their National Action Plans, What Will it Mean for Women, Peace and Security?

February 11, 2018
To kick off 2018, two of the world’s largest donors of foreign aid renewed their commitments to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) recently released new National Action Plans (NAPs) on WPS, each expanding on past plans.  As WPS and the concept of a feminist foreign policy grow in popularity, the renewed commitments of these two countries can serve... Read more

Micro-Hack the Women, Peace and Security Index: How good data can inform better policy-making

January 26, 2018
The 2017 release of the Women, Peace and Security Index was a milestone in the use of big data to understand the connection between the conditions of women and the security of states (which Our Secure Future blogged about earlier this year).  Now the question is: How can this data inform the policies of states?  We believe that an index can identify states’ key areas of strength and... Read more
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More Than Just A Number: How Big Data From The Women, Peace And Security Index Is Making The Difference

January 08, 2018
In 2017, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) joined forces to publish the first Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index.  Updated biannually, the index will provide unique and vital information to “inspire further thought and analysis, as well as better data, to illuminate the constrainers and enablers of progress for women and... Read more
Hack It Mali

Hack It! Leverage The US WPS Act To Support Peace In Mali

December 28, 2017
Our recent three-part blog series on the US Women, Peace and Security Act outlined where the law came from, what it requires, and why it matters for peace and security worldwide. Our third installment offered micro-hacks on how to leverage the Act in order to be more actively involved in the WPS agenda in your day-to-day lives. Here’s an opportunity to put those hacks to good use: download this... Read more
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Women, Peace and Security: There's an Act for That! (Part III)

December 15, 2017
In October 2017, the US Congress and the President officially passed the Women, Peace, and Security Act. The law is a major milestone in recognizing the link between gender equality and the security of states. Now that we have a law that mandates women’s meaningful participation in international peace and security, questions arise about where it came from, what it requires, and why it matters.... Read more