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9th Annual Women in International Security(WIIS) Canada


Women in Security across Military and Civilian Lines

Mount Saint Vincent University is excited to host the 9th Annual Workshop of WIIS-Canada from June 17-19, 2016. Up to 30 graduate students are selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises. Overall, the workshop will include around 80 participants from academia, government, and the non-profit sector.

WIIS-Canada is an organization that aims to advance women’s leadership at all stages of their career in international defence and security. It engages members of academic, government, military, private, and non-profit sectors. The workshop consists of mentoring, leadership training, and academic panels that encourage and involve both men and women, but aspire to showcase the work of women, who remain underrepresented in the field of international defence and security.

The goal of this year's workshop is to examine women’s multiple and diverse roles in security and defence across military and civilian lines. Specific topics include:

  • Gender integration in the security sphere
  • Experiences of female service personnel and veterans
  • Gender mainstreaming in transition and reintegration policy
  • UN policy on Women, Peace, and Security
  • Violence against women during conflict and post-conflict
  • Civilian women working in international conflict and post-conflict zones

The lead organizer for this year's workshop is Dr. Maya Eichler (MSVU/Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs) and the co-organizer is Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen's University/Centre for International and Defence Policy). For questions, please contact our workshop coordinator Charlotte Kiddell (MSVU):

Workshop Registration 

Registration is free. Participants can register online for the 9th Annual WIIS-Canada Workshop here.

Accommodation at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

To book accommodation at the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, please contact their Reservations Department by phone at (902)423-5130 or toll free 1-800-565-2020, or by email to  Quote the group ID 35347 or Women in International Security to receive your special rate.

Reservations can also be made directly on the Lord Nelson website by simply using the following direct link to access the group reservation page: Women in International Security. Rooms will be available online until Friday, May 06, 2016. After this time reservations will be  accepted based on availability, so please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

Accommodation at the university residencesTo book accommodation at the MSVU university residences, please contact workshop coordinator Charlotte Kiddell: