New Global Index Offers More Comprehensive Measure of Women’s Wellbeing, endorsed by Amina Mohammed and Hillary Rodham Clinton, captures both women’s inclusion and justice—and security—for the first time.
Despite some major strides, women in many countries face huge constraints in personal security, social and political inclusion, and legal access that harm their well-being and hold back economies, according to a new global Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index to be released at the United Nations on October 26.
The Index, compiled by Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries on the condition of women and their empowerment in homes, communities, and societies more broadly. It is the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.
“I welcome this new global Index – the first gender index to be developed for women’s role in peace and security,” saidAmina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. “As the world works to realize the sustainable development goals, we will need robust tools to measure progress.”