Nigeria ranked 128 / 153 in the world in this first edition of the Women Peace Security (WPS) Index, which covers more than 98% of the world’s population, Iceland leads the world while war-torn Afghanistan and Syria are tied for last place.
The WPS Index captures three dimensions—inclusion, justice, and security—that are measured using publicly available data.
The WPS Index offers a more comprehensive measure of women’s wellbeing by capturing both peace and security—and women’s inclusion and justice—for the first time ever.
In partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries, covering more than 98 percent of the world’s population. The associated tools and analysis highlight key achievements and deficits from each country.
It is the first index to capture women’s inclusion, security, and access to justice in the context of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda.
There is a striking correlation between insecurity in the home, which is measured by high rates of intimate partner violence, and a lack of safety in the community. Rates of current intimate partner violence in developing countries are more than one-third higher in conflict countries than in non-conflict countries.
The findings underline that while money matters, many countries do far better on the WPS Index—or far worse—than their per capita income rank. Saudi Arabia drops 89 places on the WPS Index relative to its income ranking and Iran drops 57 places.
The WPS Index represents an innovation in how we think about and measure women’s wellbeing by bringing together achievements for example in schooling and access to cell phones, an essential tool for women around the world, with data on violence against women and girls. There are a growing number of global indices, but none has brought together these dimensions into a single measure and ranking.