Women, Peace, and Security

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Our Program

The Women, Peace and Security Program ran from 2016-2022, and was led by Program Executive Director Leymah Gbowee and Program Director Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland. The WPS program was designed and set up as a pilot program, with two years of listening tours from grassroots women activists from around the globe and a three-year pilot fellowship program working directly with women changemakers--with two cohorts from across Africa, and one within the United States.

The WPS program expresses deep appreciation to all partners, supporters and changemakers who supported the program’s mission and vision. 

“Dreaming and actualizing the WPS program over the years has been one of the most memorable experiences of my career. I am so proud of the level of outstanding work done by the brilliant group of global changemakers in our program. I believe without a doubt that the effects of the program are already being felt by thousands. The core of the work is, and has always been, our collective humanity.” – Leymah Gbowee, Executive Program Director, WPS program 

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[1] The Women, Peace, and Security team uses the term “woman” to describe any individual who self-identifies as a woman, including but not limited to cisgender and transgender individuals.

Recent Projects

Leymah Gbowee, ED of the WPS Program, with Fellowship participants at the Columbia Global Center in Nairobi.

The Peace and Social Change Fellowship is designed to generate knowledge, build skills, strengthen relationships and exchange strategies among frontline women changemakers 

Speakers at the Public Event for the launch of "Women, War and Peace II" Series
Public Outreach

The WPS program hosts regular in-person and online forums for engagement among a diverse range of interested parties—including policymakers and the general public. 

Cover of the Mozambique Report entitled "Public Spaces Should Belong to Us"

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.

Our People 

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Leymah Gbowee

Executive Director of WPS Program, Nobel Peace Laureate

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Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

Director of the WPS Program


Partners and Affiliates

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