Women, Peace & Security

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Women, Peace & Security (WPS)?

Women, Peace & Security (WPS) made it onto the United Nations Security Council’s agenda in 2000 with the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325. The resolution recognized women’s leadership to achieve international peace & security across its four pillars of prevention, participation, protection, and peacebuilding & recovery.

What is Peacebuilding?

Peacebuilding is a broad range of measures implemented in the context of emerging, current, or post-conflict situations & which are explicitly guided & motivated by a primary commitment to the prevention of violent conflict & the promotion of a lasting & sustainable peace (Search for Common Ground).

What is the Relationship Between Women, Peace & Security?

There is strong evidence that “women’s participation in peace & security processes is core to their operational effectiveness—by strengthening the protection efforts of peacekeepers, improving prevention of radicalization & accelerating economic recovery. Women’s meaningful participation also helps the conclusion & implementation of more sustainable peace agreements” (UN Women).

Where Can I Have Conversations with Others About WPS?

To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to women, peace & security, please explore & contribute to our Discussions.

Are There Examples of WPS in Practice?

For a collection of WPS resources, please visit our Resource Library.

How Can I Find Out Who is Working on WPS?

For a list of WPS organizations around the world, please see our Collaboration Map.