Accomplishing gender equality has been a prioritized goal of the international community for many years, and yet, in many places, women still face injustice, exclusion, and violence. To track progress on women’s rights and female empowerment, quantitative and comparable global indices play a crucial role.

This policy brief introduces the third edition of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index, created by researchers at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). It measures women’s wellbeing along three dimensions – inclusion, justice, and security. The index provides a significant tool to understand key achievements, as well as a guide to map remaining efforts to achieve gender equitable societies.

Read the new GPS Policy Brief "Women, Peace and Secuirty Index 2021/22" here.

Jeni Klugman is Senior Fellow (non residential) at Brookings Institution and was formerly Managing Director of GIWPS. Siri Aas Rustad is Research Professor at PRIO, Kaja Borhgrevink is Senior Researcher at PRIO, Solomon Negash is Research Assistant at PRIO and Marianne Dahl is Senior Researcher at PRIO.