Women, Peace and Security Index

The third edition of the global Women Peace and Security Index (WPS Index) draws on recognized data sources to measure women’s inclusion, justice, and security in 170 countries. Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries. The three lowest ranking countries (Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen) are all affected by armed conflict. This most recent edition of the WPS Index also looks into the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for women’s inclusion and security. The WPS Index is published by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research institute Oslo (PRIO) Centre on Gender, Peace and Security

The index captures and quantifies the three dimensions of women’s inclusion (economic, social, political), justice (formal laws and informal discrimination), and security (at the individual, community, and societal levels) through 11 indicators. Innovations have been included in this year’s index, such as the statistical coverage of a larger part of the world’s population, the inclusion of specific groups (e.g. forcibly displaced women) and the inclusion of sub-state levels indices for some countries.

The 2021/22 edition of the WPS Index also looks into the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for women’s inclusion and security. The global pace of improvement in the WPS Index has slowed considerably, with widening disparities across countries. This reflects a worsening of inequalities in the status of women, as countries at the top continue to improve while those at the bottom get worse, mirroring global trends in wealth and income inequality. The COVID pandemic has triggered multiple and overlapping crises, magnifying existing inequalities. Insight and data such as from the WPS Index can help gender practitioners and policy makers in developing a shared agenda for women’s inclusion, justice and security.

Here you can also access the full report as well as the index’ data.

Reference: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2021). Summary. Women Peace and Security Index 2021/22.

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