Women, Peace and Security

Learn more about PDC’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) research, data, and analysis.

PDC’s composite index analysis of risk and vulnerability is being adapted for use by the Department of Defense to further objectives of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program. WPS data development and analysis results are being used by decision makers to understand the drivers of gender inequality and enhance the ability to invest in long-term programs that improve gender-based resilience, peace, and security around the globe. All WPS data and analysis findings are available at disasteraware.pdc.org.

Program Overview

PDC’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) analytical framework was developed in partnership with the United States Department of Defense (DoD). It provides an evidence-based approach to effectively implement the national WPS Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan (SFIP) through inclusive security. The analysis identifies key gender characteristics and issues to better inform planning and help identify and long-term investment programs to improve gender-based resilience, peace, and security around the globe.

Analysis Benefits

Supports DoD operationalization of WPS and the global WPS agenda
Supports ongoing DoD efforts to integrate gender perspectives across the combatant command areas of responsibility.
Supports an inclusive, human-centered security approach that considers gender perspectives across the security and conflict continuum.
Offers a data-driven approach to providing meaningful opportunities for participation of women in decision-making processes related to peace, security, conflict, and crises worldwide.
Facilitates greater understanding of how gender shapes security needs and outcomes of an entire affected population—ensuring human rights are protected, especially during conflict and crisis.

WPS Global Framework

GENDER RESPONSIVENESS is a measure of the level of gender-based participation, inclusion, and integration into civil society and government. Gender Responsiveness can be investigated by isolating specific indicators and measuring how they contribute to the overall score.

WPS Regional Analysis Methodology

The WPS Regional Analysis builds upon the global framework by adding an Exposure dimension to address specific issues within a region—for which the end result is a WPS Responsiveness score. The analysis provides decision makers with a scientific method for analyzing and understanding a nation’s ability to build resilience to potentially destabilizing shocks and facilitates action planning to increase gender responsiveness.

WPS Analysis Results

How to access the results and data

DisasterAWARE professional users can access all of the WPS analysis data, including the regional analysis results covering Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Southeast Asia.

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