Women In International Security

Women In International Security Women In International Security (WIIS) is the only global network actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in the international peace and security field.
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Since the founding of WIIS in 1987, women have advanced to increasingly important roles in the field of international security. There are new and expanding opportunities for women’s participation globally, as women are present in greater numbers in foreign and defense affairs and now occupy important positions in governments around the world. In recent years, the international community has recognized the important contributions of women to peace and security, and has made commitments to include women in peace and security decision-making at all levels. But equal representation of women is not yet a reality, especially at senior levels of policy making. The number of women obtaining degrees in international affairs-related programs is increasing, and in many organizations that work on peace and security issues, women make up almost half of the entry level professional workforce. Yet, in the majority of security policy making institutions, women comprise less than 30 percent of senior leadership positions. Entry into the profession is not necessarily translating into advancement into leadership positions in key peace and security institutions. The lack of female representation in decision-making positions means that the international community is missing the diversity of expertise and perspectives that are desperately needed in this field. WIIS recognizes that all women do not share the same opinions about how to address the world’s security problems. But women often share common experiences and challenges as women, and they often share common, valuable approaches to leadership roles. WIIS’ research demonstrates that women in these positions of authority often share consultative, inclusive, and collaborative leadership styles. The contributions that women have made and could potentially make to international peace and security are just beginning to be recognized. WIIS is working to ensure that recognition translates into leadership opportunities for women around the world.

Mission: - WIIS identifies the barriers to advancement -- through its groundbreaking reports on women’s leadership. - WIIS closes the leadership gap in women’s participation – through collaborations with key institutions to improve women’s recruitment, retention, and advancement. - WIIS prepares women to succeed in leadership roles– through mentoring, networking, and training. - WIIS provides visibility and support to women at all levels – through its worldwide network of members, mentors, and partners.

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Advances in technology have enabled seemingly insignificant pieces of individual information to be gathered, stored, ana...
11/17/2020

Advances in technology have enabled seemingly insignificant pieces of individual information to be gathered, stored, analyzed. This raises the question of what exactly the world of Big Data means for individual privacy. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/dvbo50CnmxO

For This Afghan Woman, Midwifery Is a Labor of Lovehttp://ow.ly/Qnda50CgHbq
11/10/2020
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For This Afghan Woman, Midwifery Is a Labor of Love
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From a young age, Zahra Mirzaei, 32, decided to become a midwife after she encountered a kind doctor who encouraged her to pursue studies in the field. Observing the role that midwives played in her country — Afghanistan — while challenged by extremely limited educational opportunities for women...

Join WIIS, WFPG and the Robertson Foundation for Government tomorrow at 1 PM for a conversation with seasoned negotiator...
11/09/2020

Join WIIS, WFPG and the Robertson Foundation for Government tomorrow at 1 PM for a conversation with seasoned negotiators and authors Rebecca Webber Gaudiosi of the US, Jimena Leiva-Roesch of Guatemala, and Ye-Min Wu of Singapore as they walk us through their lessons learned. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/YDIU50CfSsa

What makes for a successful multilateral negotiation? Join WIIS and Women's Foreign Policy Group for a conversation with...
11/05/2020

What makes for a successful multilateral negotiation? Join WIIS and Women's Foreign Policy Group for a conversation with seasoned negotiators and authors Rebecca Webber Gaudiosi of the US, Jimena Leiva-Roesch of Guatemala, and Ye-Min Wu of Singapore as they walk us through their lessons learned. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/QVnA50Ccy88

Check out the latest addition to the WIIS Blog: "Deepfakes as a Security Issue: Why Gender Matters" by Agnes E. Venema! ...
11/04/2020

Check out the latest addition to the WIIS Blog: "Deepfakes as a Security Issue: Why Gender Matters" by Agnes E. Venema! Read it here: http://ow.ly/me2z50CbOCH

Check out the latest WIIS Policy Brief and learn about the gendered implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ugandan and...
11/02/2020

Check out the latest WIIS Policy Brief and learn about the gendered implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ugandan and Kenyan refugees! Read it here: http://ow.ly/iINW50C9r48

Join the winners of the #1325andBeyond International Essay Competition today at noon, for a discussion about their polic...
10/29/2020

Join the winners of the #1325andBeyond International Essay Competition today at noon, for a discussion about their policy recommendations and analysis of #UNSCR1325! Learn more here: http://ow.ly/2Weq50C683w

Join the winners of the WIIS & Heinrich Boll Stiftung #1325AndBeyond International Essay Competition tomorrow at 12 PM  ...
10/28/2020

Join the winners of the WIIS & Heinrich Boll Stiftung #1325AndBeyond International Essay Competition tomorrow at 12 PM for a discussion on their policy recommendations and analysis of #UNSCR1325 and what it means for the next decade. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/ztnL50C5rxx

As advancements in technology have brought the cybersecurity realm into everyday life, the impact it has on governance, ...
10/28/2020

As advancements in technology have brought the cybersecurity realm into everyday life, the impact it has on governance, social movements and regulation has become apparent. Unit 4 of the WIIS Cybersecurity & Technology Study Guide explores how. Learn more: http://ow.ly/6sVh50C52mq

Join the WIIS,  Heinrich Boll Stiftung and the #1325AndBeyond International Essay Competition winners for a discussion o...
10/27/2020

Join the WIIS, Heinrich Boll Stiftung and the #1325AndBeyond International Essay Competition winners for a discussion on their policy recommendations and analysis of #UNSCR1325 and what it means for the next decade. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/DWao50C4cO6

Thank you to our panelists and all those who attended yesterday's roundtable for "The Gender and Security Agenda: Strate...
10/27/2020

Thank you to our panelists and all those who attended yesterday's roundtable for "The Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century". If you missed the event, you can watch the recording and learn more about the book here:
http://ow.ly/1Do850C3Wjg

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
10/27/2020

Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Join us on 28 October at 8:30-10.00 am EST for our event ‘Committing to Women’s Leadership in Peacebuilding - Bringing Women, Peace and Security and the UN Peacebuilding Architecture Closer Together’.

The event will feature a roundtable discussion among a diverse group of gender experts from the Caucasus, Cameroon, Lebanon and the Pacific on the synergies between WPS and the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. Attendees will have a chance to join the conversation during a Q&A session.

📅 28 October
⏰ 8:30-10.00 am EST
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Don’t miss it, RSVP now!👇

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Join WIIS and the Embassy of Liechtenstein, DC this Monday at noon, for a virtual discussion about ''The Gender & Securi...
10/23/2020

Join WIIS and the Embassy of Liechtenstein, DC this Monday at noon, for a virtual discussion about ''The Gender & Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century'. Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/yt1m50C1bvL

Join WIIS and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America next Thursday (10/29) for a discussion with the winners of the #1325A...
10/21/2020

Join WIIS and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America next Thursday (10/29) for a discussion with the winners of the #1325AndBeyond International Essay Contest! Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/E0rj50BZ1Ax

Check out Unit 3 of the WIIS Cybersecurity and Technology Study Guide! This week, we're focusing on the complex world of...
10/21/2020

Check out Unit 3 of the WIIS Cybersecurity and Technology Study Guide! This week, we're focusing on the complex world of cyberterrorism. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/Mm8j50BYGN1

Join WIIS and Embassy of Liechtenstein, Washington D.C. next Monday (10/26) at 12 PM for a virtual discussion about ''Th...
10/20/2020

Join WIIS and Embassy of Liechtenstein, Washington D.C. next Monday (10/26) at 12 PM for a virtual discussion about ''The Gender & Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century'! Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/WhuS50BXOkZ

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: How Equality Became a US Foreign Policy Priorityhttp://ow.ly/hkW750BUtcr
10/16/2020
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Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: How Equality Became a US Foreign Policy Priority
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twenty-five years ago this month, tens of thousands of women (and some men) gathered in Beijing for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. It was a profound moment in the history of women’s rights, convening 5,000 official delegates from nearly every country in t...

Join the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs and WIIS for a discussion about "The Gender & Security Agenda: Stra...
10/14/2020

Join the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs and WIIS for a discussion about "The Gender & Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century" and about the gender dimensions of a wide array of international security challenges. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/ZZ6R50BSJuG

10/13/2020

The second Unit of the WIIS Cybersecurity, & Technology Study Guide is now published! Learn more about the link between technology, warfare and gender here: http://ow.ly/HWxl50BRFWq

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Please join us if you're interested in developments on NATO's eastern flank. The Latvian Institute of International Affairs kindly invites you to participate in the Zoom Webinar: "Gender in Military and Security Structures. Eastern and Central Europe" organized on October 22 at 4 pm (EEST).
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#UNOPS is recruiting a Field Security Advisor in Bangui, Central African Republic. women are strongly encouraged to apply. Do you have a minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in international security management, with at least 3 years in a senior command or leadership role Don't hesitate to apply, deadline is 08/03. Click on the link below to apply :
Quick reminder that next week on November 13th Morgan Poyant and I are hosting the next "Africa Women's Foreign Policy and Defense Mixer" in Arlington. We are excited to build off of previous successful iterations of this mixer and bring together a group of diverse and dynamic women working on and interested in the continent of Africa. Head on over to Eventbrite to RSVP and hope to see you next week!
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This is an invitation to the WIIS community to join us for a conversation about the role of women in politics. While this is mainly US-focused, this has a diverse and inclusive membership and we welcome all backgrounds. We hope you'll join us to participate, and feel free to invite others. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FanGurls/about/
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to unlock the possibility inside every individual. We need an experienced, multi-lingual Senior Security Specialist to join our talented security team, based in London, UK, to oversee the broad security needs for our European offices in London and Berlin #GatesFoundation #Security https://lnkd.in/gYcZp3T
Hi WIIS! I am the co-chair for the New England Chapter at The Fletcher School. We are helping to sponsor the 2018 Conference on Gender and International Affairs at the Fletcher School and we hope the greater WIIS network would aid us in this support! We'd like to extend an invitation to attend the conference as well at the Fletcher School on November 16 & 17.
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