GIWPS, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, is setting a course for a more stable, peaceful, and just world by examining and highlighting the roles of women in forging peace and growing economies. We engage in cutting-edge research on women’s roles in peace and security efforts, economic empowerment, countering violent extremism, and mitigating climate change and natural disasters. Our signature Women, Peace and Security Index offers a more comprehensive measure of women’s wellbeing in over 150 countries.
Our societies are at an inflection point in acknowledging women’s leadership in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism.
There is a growing body of data demonstrating that investing in women is not just a matter of equality, but is crucial to political stability and economic progress. Women’s actions in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction are vital for peace, stability, and security, while the inclusion of women in the broader economy fuels growth, creates jobs, and advances inclusive prosperity.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security was launched in 2011 by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who serves as the Institute’s honorary founding chair, and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia to examine and highlight the roles of women in fostering peace and security and growing economies worldwide.
At the broadest level, the Institute is a continuation of the mandate articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, which reaffirmed “the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building,” and stressed “the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security….”
As the international community recognizes the importance of elevating women’s participation, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security stands ready to provide essential analysis, expertise and leadership on this critical issue.