The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held the “Regional Capacity Development Workshop on the Women, Peace, and Security Index” in partnership with the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security (GIWPS), and Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
The online workshop took place on 19 and 26 January 2021.
The workshop aimed at introducing the Women’s Peace and Security (WPS) Index as a measurement tool to enable decision-makers to adopt evidence-based measures that contribute to women’s autonomy and empowerment in the community and in society. This workshop intended to shed light on the parameters of the WPS agenda given its wide-encompassing role, and numerous thematic priorities which can vary significantly depending on context, stakeholder, and timeframe. Although there has been progress in the implementation of the WPS agenda, this progress remains slow and uneven.
During the workshop, experts discussed through four sessions, the importance of the WPS Index in general and its advancement in the MENA region specifically. Country-specific presentations also highlighted the WPS Index across the different countries in the region at the national and governorate levels.