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Assessments & Training

Showing Progress, Sharing Knowledge


The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda prioritized the participation of women in security (military and police) forces. Studies show integrating a gendered perspective makes missions more effective. WIIS provides expertise and experience to help organizations achieve WPS goals.

Through its training modules, audits, and Gender Assessment Tool, WIIS provides support to security organizations and U.S. partner nations in assessing progress in implementing the WPS agenda to advance gender equality and women’s leadership in the security sector.

Data Collection:

The Gender Assessment Tool remedies persistent data gaps by committing security institutions to provide data on WPS implementation—ultimately assisting them in making better-informed policy decisions.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

Many countries lack robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The Gender Assessment Tool provides 51 indicators to evaluate the level of progress in implementing the WPS agenda.


The Gender Assessment Tool provides detailed information on institutional policies and procedures that can be integrated into best practices, training and exercises, and strategy, plans, and policies.

What is a Gender Assessment Tool?

The WIIS WPS Gender Assessment Tool was developed to assess the extent to which the WPS agenda and, more generally, the principles of gender equality, are integrated into the security sector (military and national police) of a country.

The Gender Assessment Tool Methodology


The WPS Gender Assessment Tool measures progress across three main sections: political will, institutional policy and practice, and monitoring and evaluation. A defined set of key indicators for each section was built, such as: Is there support at the highest level? Is leadership prepared to change institutional structures, policies, and practices that make a difference? And are there effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms in place to track progress, identify gaps, and make changes accordingly?

Both quantitative and qualitative methodological tools were developed. Individual country teams with diverse membership (government, military, academic, civil society) was organized to collect data and provide expertise.

For the quantitative assessment, a WPS scoring protocol was developed to establish section averages. An assessment template was created in which data were analyzed and an assessment written for each country in the project.

In addition, a qualitative assessment was produced that provided context and an overall evaluation of progress regarding implementation of the gender equality and WPS agenda. The elaboration of qualitative and quantitative reports included many follow-up interviews with the country teams and sources to ensure an accurate evaluation of data. All country teams reviewed the final products.

Data Findings from Selected Assessments

Fact #1: Political Will

Most governments examined have strong normative and legal frameworks for gender equality but lag in providing resources, implementing institutional reforms, implementing an effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism, and eliminating discriminatory practices to make progress.

Fact #2: Participation

Low participation and promotion rates were evident in all countries, which is linked to retention problems and the need for significant reforms in institutional policies such as promotions, access to training/education programs, sexual harassment/assault, and family leave policies.

Fact #3: NAP

National Action Plans are an indicator of potential progress but insufficient to make actual progress; factors such as detailed implementation plans, committed resources, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, institutional reform, and continued political will to sustain real transformation are needed.

Fact #4: Training

The assessment found that a systematic, integrated gender training program varied among countries; equal access to training opportunities—a factor in promotion considerations—is important. Training more Gender Advisors, who integrate gender perspectives into operational environments, is needed.

Our WPS Training Programs

WIIS training courses address essential gaps in integrating the WPS agenda in military and security organizations, providing training for government agencies, including security and defense institutions, on how to successfully implement WPS goals and objectives.

Senior Leader Seminar

Key leaders gain knowledge on integrating gender perspectives into operations planning, execution, and evaluation at the strategic and operational levels.

Women in the Armed Forces: Combat Unit Integration

The course appraises legal frameworks, policies, lessons informing best practices, and practical methods for organizational change for integrating military units.

National Action Plan Development

The training assists government institutions in developing a National Action Plan for implementing UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda.

Gender Advisor Training

The course prepares officers to serve as Gender Advisers to implement a gendered perspective at operational and tactical levels.

Humanitarian Assistance and Stability Operations Planning Course

For leaders and planners tasked with preventing, mitigating, and stopping violence and responding to natural and manmade disasters.

Join Our Professional Training Roster

The WIIS Training Roster retains top professionals with military training, regional expertise, and gender education experience to lead training modules.