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9th Annual Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada


Women in Security across Military and Civilian Lines

Mount Saint Vincent University hosted the 9th Annual Workshop of WIIS-Canada from June 17-19, 2016. Up to 30 graduate students were selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises. Overall, the workshop included 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 the 2016 workshop was to examine women’s multiple and diverse roles in security and defence across military and civilian lines. Specific topics included:

  • 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 the 2016 workshop was Dr. Maya Eichler (MSVU/Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs) and the co-organizer was Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky (Queen's University/Centre for International and Defence Policy). For questions related to the workshop, please contact the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs