Women, Peace and Security (WPS) promotes women’s full and equal participation in peace and security as a prerequisite to achieving sustainable peace. The United States is the only country to have both national WPS legislation, from the WPS Act of 2017, and a whole-of-government strategy on WPS. The Department of Defense released its WPS Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan in June 2020 that identifies the Department’s WPS objectives.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) began institutionalizing WPS through a command instruction in 2017, followed by the establishment of an office of Women, Peace & Security in 2019. This office oversees command-wide implementation of WPS that includes gender mainstreaming throughout the command’s policies, plans, programs, exercises, and assessments; tailored education and training; partner nation engagement; research innovation and application; and guiding a growing network of trained Gender Advisors and Gender Focal Points. The Office of WPS employs a full-time command gender advisor, a WPS curriculum developer, a gender analyst, and a WPS planner.

Meaningful implementation of WPS provides unique insight into the operational environment, opens new opportunities for cooperation with regional allies and partners, and improves the command’s understanding of complex security challenges within the Indo-Pacific.  

Mission Statement:

The Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS) implements the DoD WPS Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan by mainstreaming a gender perspective into theater plans, programs, and policies in order to enable the USINDOPACOM enterprise to develop inclusive security strategies that advance a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. 


           Advancing WPS in the Indo-Pacific Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sxn6eSelo0·        

          DoD WPS Video: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/775738/women-peace-and-security

·         DoD WPS Roundtable: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/03/toward-gender-inclusive-national-security-strategy

·         Email us at USINDOPACOM.WPS.fct@pacom.mil

WPS News

Aug. 5, 2023

U.S. and Pacific Islands Elevate Women’s Leadership in Climate Security in Two-day Workshop

The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS), the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) co-hosted a workshop from July 11-12 in Suva, Fiji, focusing on “Building Inclusive Resilience” and exploring the nexus of gender, climate, and food security.

June 14, 2023

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Delivers Workshop with Malaysia to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Office of Women, Peace & Security (USINDOPACOM WPS) sponsored a workshop on “Gender-Responsive Approaches to Combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM)” May 9-12 to support Malaysia’s efforts to strengthen institutional capacity, laws, policies, and procedures to

April 13, 2023

PNGDF receives first gender training

A three-day course from March 21-23, 2023 had the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) receive their first Gender Focal Point training tailored to PNGDF's organization and its military operations with a focus on reducing gender-based violence.

April 4, 2023

U.S. Army Japan Host Inaugural Women, Peace and Security Symposium

CAMP ZAMA, Japan -- U.S. Army Japan (USARJ) hosted their inaugural Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Symposium March 6-8, bringing together stakeholders from the United States and Japan to advance bilateral cooperation on WPS in the Indo-Pacific region.Over the course of three days, the conference welcomed both men and women officers,

Sept. 30, 2022

Fiji partners with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command for Fiji’s first-ever Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan

SUVA, Fiji - Sept. 16-23, 2022 – At Fiji's government's request, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) facilitated Fiji's first-ever Women, Peace and Security (WPS) National Action Plan Orientation Workshop.WPS is a United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325-based policy framework designed to address the disproportionate impact of