Women, Peace and Security

USIP provides expertise in support of the U.S. Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Act, the world’s first whole-of-government law on WPS. The Institute is a trusted convener and thought leader on U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 and the global WPS agenda.

Through over 50 projects worldwide, USIP works with security actors, policymakers, civil society organizations, academics, practitioners and international institutions to increase understanding of gender dynamics and build capacity to create effective solutions for peace, security and equality. Key areas of focus include U.S. government and civil society engagement on WPS, advancing women’s participation in peacebuilding to address multi-sectoral and emergent security challenges, and connecting research to policy and practice on conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence.

WPS: A Force Multiplier

Research confirms that the security of a nation is directly tied to the security and status of its women. At the same time, violent conflict upends and polarizes societies, disrupting social structures and gender roles. An expanding evidence base indicates that peacebuilding and security programs and policies are more successful when they address the different impacts of conflict on men, women and gender and sexual minorities and ensure full participation of diverse women in the design and implementation of solutions.

WPS Projects

Advancing Women, Peace and Security

The U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (U.S. CSWG) is a non-partisan network of over 60 civil society organizations with expertise on the impacts of conflict on women and their participation in peacebuilding.

Protecting the Participation of Women Peacebuilders

On March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet shared a statement with USIP wherein she urged for more women negotiators, mediators and signatories to take part in major peace processes worldwide.