Mission & Strategy

The Women, Peace and Security Programme was founded by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in 2000 to work on ensuring women’s rights and participation are not disregarded in international peace and security efforts.

As a part of its Women, Peace and Security work, WILPF contributes to increased accountability and more effective implementation of integrated policies through independent civil society advocacy, monitoring, and capacity building around the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, a pioneering UN Security Council policy framework for recognition of the importance of acknowledging and integrating women’s experiences into issues of peace and security.

Mission Statement

As part of WILPF, the Women, Peace and Security Programme promotes a progressive gender-perspective in preventing conflict and creating peace through women’s full and equal participation and bridging global and local efforts to implement a holistic and transformative Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Strategic Objective 1: Accountability

Promote accountability through effective monitoring and advocacy to implement and operationalise the Women, Peace and Security Agenda from local to global levels.

To promote the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda from local to global, we maintain three different monitors:

We also promote accountability through our global advocacy and co-founding engagement with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.


Strategic Objective 2: Inclusive Participation

Promote gender inclusive participation and local ownership through engagement, outreach and awareness-raising among civil society and policymakers to strengthen women’s voices in Women, Peace and Security processes.

In order to promote participation, we engage with a range of levels - local, national and international. We mobilise stakeholders around the world through global events and campaigns, enhance stakeholder capacity to promote implementation through our comprehensive information portal, mobile App, and E-Newsletter, and constantly strive to enhance impact through accessible tools and collaborative partnerships.  

Strategic Objective 3: Conflict Prevention

Promote conflict prevention through the WILPF Integrated Approach to peace and security by coordinating global reporting mechanisms and local action and ownership in order to challenge militarism and the arms trade and strengthen women’s human rights.

To promote an integrated approach to Women, Peace and Security and prevention, we provide the appropriate governing bodies with expert support and consultations, joint advocacy, crisis response to surfacing conflict-areas, and monitor new emerging issues.

Programme Highlights and Impact

As part of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), PeaceWomen has been instrumental in strengthening and enhancing the impact of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, as well as the situation of women around the world:

  • The Women, Peace and Security Programme launched an expanded Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security to boost holistic action for conflict prevention and peace. The scorecard, available at http://peacewomen.org/scorecards, documents international and national action on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda addressing gender and conflict prevention, participation, protection, and relief and recovery.

  • The Women, Peace and Security Programme launched a toolkit to boost action on women, peace and security financing. The toolkit, available at www.peacewomen.org/wps-financing, includes a motion graphics explainer video available in five languages, case studies, fact sheets, social media graphics and media guides. It is intended to stimulate advocacy among non-governmental actors, and push the United Nations and national governments to shift their funding focus from war to gender justice and peace.

  • PeaceWomen organised the first ever meeting of the Security Council with Syrian women in January 2014. Syria women advocates spoke truth to power directly! Read more >>

  • PeaceWomen worked with Reaching Critical Will (WILPF’s Disarmament Programme) to lead the historic inclusion of a legally binding provision on preventing Gender-Based Violence provision in the Arms Trade Treaty. This matters because now States can not ignore violence against women when selling arms. Read more>>

  • PeaceWomen had an important role in all the Women, Peace and Security resolutions - for example, we successfully advocated for Security Council Resolution 2122’s recognition of state obligation to “respect and ensure” human rights, and for the need for an “integrated approach” to peace, conflict, security, development, and human rights.

  • PeaceWomen creates space for voices of Peace Women. In March 2014, we hosted women peace leaders from over 25 countries at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), including from: Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Colombia, United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, Canada, Japan, Australia, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, France, China, Kenya, Spain, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and Nigeria. We hosted capacity building sessions for sections, briefed international delegates on Women Peace and Security issues, coordinated WILPF’s official statement, and engaged in numerous strategic panel events. Read more >>

  • PeaceWomen pioneers innovative tools. Building on our monitoring and advocacy work, we created the first ever Women, Peace and Security handbook (2010) and mobile application (2013), developed tools such as our National Action Plan (NAP) Development Toolkit (2013), and maintain an online information portal on Women, Peace and Security which gets half of a million hits annually from over 200 different countries/territories, over half of whom are in the global south, near or in a conflict-affected area. Read more >>