The 2023 / 2024 Women, peace and security index
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index, curated by Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), meticulously evaluates and ranks 177 countries based on the status of women within their societies.
The comprehensive analysis carried out by the WPS Index sheds light on a significant correlation between improved conditions for women and various positive societal outcomes. Countries that prioritize women’s well-being tend to exhibit higher levels of peace, democracy, prosperity, and resilience against climate change. The index takes into account a wide range of factors, including economic participation, health indicators, vulnerability to violence, educational opportunities, safety perceptions, parliamentary representation, maternal mortality rates, legal protections, and proximity to armed conflicts.
Given the pressing global challenges we face today, such as the climate crisis, authoritarianism, forced displacement, armed conflicts, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the WPS Index underscores the critical importance of investing in women’s empowerment. By doing so, we can ensure the security and well-being of all individuals, fostering a more equitable and harmonious world.