Localizing the WPS Agenda: Key Takeaways from the Compact’s First Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific

On August 9-10, 2023, over 65 government and civil society representatives gathered in Bangkok, Thailand for the first regional conference of its kind: “Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Asia and the Pacific: Experiences in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.” Attendees included several regional and global WPS-HA Compact signatories, including Compact board co-chairs […]

The Compact co-hosts WPS Conference for the Asia and the Pacific Region

Together with the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the WPS-HA Compact will be hosting its first regional meeting aimed at advancing action on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The two-day conference “Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Asia and the Pacific: Experiences in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda” […]

2022 Year in Review

196 signatories have joined the WPS-HA Compact’s bold, global movement for gender equality since its official launch at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in July 2021. The Compact is multi-stakeholder and intergenerational and aims to reshape peace and security and humanitarian action processes to systematically include women in the decisions that impact their lives. […]

WPS-HA Compact Board Convened its First Hybrid Meeting in Pretoria

On 8 December 2022, the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact Board convened its first hybrid meeting in Pretoria, South Africa on the margins of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network Inter-Regional Meeting. The Board meeting was hosted by the Government of South Africa, a Compact signatory, followed by a working lunch hosted by the […]

Outcome Document from the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues Series on Innovative Solutions for Feminist Financing for Peacebuilding

WPS-HA Compact Board Member – the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and Catalytic Members – Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), along with  Kvinna till Kvinna and MADRE supported by UN Women and Member States partnered to […]

How The Private Sector Can Help Women’s Empowerment and Peace

More than two decades on from the adoption of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda — which affirmed the crucial role of women in conflict prevention and peacebuilding initiatives — women’s inclusion in recovery and relief efforts remains under-resourced and under-valued.  Reversing this trend is a priority, and though advancing causes around gender and […]

In the Aftermath of Crisis, Rural Bangladeshi Women Pursue Economic Security

In the wake of crisis, economic response and recovery plans often forget the needs of women and girls, hindering sustained peace and development. In Bangladesh, UN Women, which supports the Compact on Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPS-HA,) is working with local partners to put recovery back on track by increasing economic security […]

Women Spearhead Climate Change Response in the South Pacific

StPC invests in young women's leadership on climate action, equipping them with tools to respond to crisis. Photo credit: Shifting the Power Coalition

In 2020, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Yasa wreaked havoc across the South Pacific. As torrential rain, howling winds, and thirty five-foot waves lashed the island nations of Vanuatu, Fiji, and Tongo, thousands of homes and livelihoods were lost. By the time the storm had passed, at least four people were dead, with a financial toll reaching […]