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 […]

Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action
2021 – Year in Review

Generation Equality Forum

Nearly 160 signatories have joined the Compact’s bold, global movement for gender equality since its official launch at the Generation Equality Forum in Paris in July 2021. More than 25 years since the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and more than 20 years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325, […]

Upholding Human Rights in Yemen: Q&A with Laila Lutf AL-Thawr

Known as Yemen’s “Mother of Detainees,” Laila Lutf Al-Thawr is a prominent human rights activist who has mediated the exchange and release of over 1000 prisoners and detainees. She is also the first woman to hold a top position in a Yemeni political party, the Arab Hope Party. To mark the International Day for Human […]