“It’s no longer about counting the women, but making the women count.”

– Tone Skögen Secretary of State (Norway)

As this monumental month of Women, Peace and Security (WPS)-centred events and anniversaries begins to wrap up, it’s important to look at #OctoberandBeyond.

Ghazal Rahmanpanah

Photo credit: Ghazal Rahmanpanah


Today, while the WPS Agenda has been successful in changing the rhetoric and political discourse, it is being undermined by the suffocation of civil society space; by attacks on human rights defenders; and by the lack of accountability against governments that do not ensure women’s full and effective participation.

WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security programme, PeaceWomen, wants to hold governments accountable. In an effort to mobilise advocacy and implement a feminist foreign policy and the WPS Agenda, PeaceWomen has designed a Security Council Scorecard for 2015.

This scorecard provides a systematic assessment on how different governments in the Security Council have implemented feminist foreign policy. Our assessment focuses particularly on the five permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States) and Spain (as the President of the UN Security Council for October 2015).

How does it work?

The indicators are arranged through six categories:

  1. Women’s Political Participation
  2. Military Presence and Dedication to Disarmament
  3. Prevention, Protection, Relief/ Recovery
  4. Security Council Action
  5. Country Action
  6. Funding and Financing

Visit the PeaceWomen website for more information on the Permanent Five Member States and Spain. Don’t forget to share the scorecard on your Facebook and Twitter to help spread the Women, Peace and Agenda!

Click the picture to a view the full scorecard:

Russian Federation