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Security Roundtable: Expert Interviews with Women Leaders in Women, Peace and Security

March 09, 2018
Did you know that there is one UN Security Council resolution that has a global constituency of feminists?  This watershed resolution, the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325), was unanimously adopted in October 2000 to elevate the presence of women in decision-making positions in matters of international peace and security.   It is... Read more

Security Roundtable: Women, Peace and Security expert, Cynthia Enloe

February 16, 2018
In this second part of our Security Roundtable interview series, Our Secure Future speaks with expert Cynthia Enloe to examine United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, learn about challenges in the field, and find out what keeps her up at night. Our first roundtable with male leaders can be found here. Cynthia Enloe is a Research Professor in the Department of International... Read more

As Major Donors of Foreign Aid Renew Their National Action Plans, What Will it Mean for Women, Peace and Security?

February 11, 2018
To kick off 2018, two of the world’s largest donors of foreign aid renewed their commitments to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) recently released new National Action Plans (NAPs) on WPS, each expanding on past plans.  As WPS and the concept of a feminist foreign policy grow in popularity, the renewed commitments of these two countries can serve... Read more

Micro-Hack the Women, Peace and Security Index: How good data can inform better policy-making

January 26, 2018
The 2017 release of the Women, Peace and Security Index was a milestone in the use of big data to understand the connection between the conditions of women and the security of states (which Our Secure Future blogged about earlier this year).  Now the question is: How can this data inform the policies of states?  We believe that an index can identify states’ key areas of strength and... Read more
Peace Research Institute Oslo and Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security

More Than Just A Number: How Big Data From The Women, Peace And Security Index Is Making The Difference

January 08, 2018
In 2017, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) joined forces to publish the first Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index.  Updated biannually, the index will provide unique and vital information to “inspire further thought and analysis, as well as better data, to illuminate the constrainers and enablers of progress for women and... Read more