Women, Peace and Security
Women, Peace and Security
Linking theory, research, and practice
The Earth Institute’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, contributes to greater global and regional understanding of the diverse roles women play to successfully influence sustainable peace and promote human security through everyday activism. Through education, public service, and research, the WPS program advances the visibility and knowledge exchange among women changemakers– domestically and internationally – and disseminates lessons learned from their experiences.
Around the globe, women are disproportionately affected by violent conflict, poverty, structural inequalities, and environmental crises. At the same time, women make and sustain peace everyday. Women work on the frontlines struggling against domestic violence, racial inequality, environmental degradation, and violent extremism. But much of this work tends to go undocumented and unnoticed.
Security is more than armed conflict and war. It includes issues of everyday safety like access to clean water, affordable housing, and bodily autonomy.
What we do
- Increase the visibility of grassroots women changemakers as experts
- Expand and transform to the field of women, peace and security
- Document, foster and forward innovative and participatory research
Fellowships: The Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program is designed to generate knowledge, build skills, strengthen relationships and exchange strategies among frontline women changemakers working on issues of social change, justice, and, more broadly, security for all people.
Research: The WPS program creates, undertakes and partners on cutting-edge research to support evidence- based knowledge about women’s formal and informal contributions to processes of peacebuilding.
Workshops and Public Convenings: The WPS program hosts regular in-person and online forums for engagement among a diverse range of interested parties—including policy makers and the general public. These forums foster critical partnerships with appropriate media outlets to disburse new findings, in packaging that is accessible and shareable to the general public.
Graduate Student Researchers: The WPS program offers graduate students paid opportunities to serve as interdisciplinary research and outreach teams for frontline women changemakers around the globe.
Executive Director of WPS, Nobel Peace Laureate
Dr. Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland
Associate Director of WPS
Dr. Padini Nirmal
Learning and Evaluation Manager
The WPS Program is actively building partnerships around the world. For more information on getting involved, please email email@example.com.