Women, Peace, and Security

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Our Program

The mission of the Earth Institute’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program is to contribute to greater global and regional understanding of the diverse roles women play to successfully influence sustainable peace and promote human security through everyday activism.[1] Through education, public service and research, the WPS program advances visibility and knowledge exchange among women peace builders and practitioners – domestically and internationally – and disseminates lessons learned from their experiences. The three key goals of the WPS program reflect a commitment to producing real-world impacts through education and research:

  • VisibilityTo increase the visibility of grassroots women peace builders as experts without increasing risk.
  • EducationTo expand and transform the approach to women, peace and security at Columbia, the UN and beyond.
  • ResearchTo document, foster and forward innovative and participatory women, peace and security research, policies and practices.

[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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