WIIS-NY is a WIIS U.S. Chapter based in New York City, New York. WIIS-NY, formally established in 2009, benefits from its proximity to the United Nations, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, NYPD Intelligence and diverse organizations and individuals working on various aspects of international security. We define "security" broadly to encompass a range of issues from counter-terrorism, defense and arms control to conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights and environmental security.
WIIS-NY undertakes a number of activities to promote women leaders, highlight the stories of women directly affected by conflict, and contribute to a more inclusive and more effective peace and security community.
Toward this end, WIIS-NY activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Hosting panel discussions and roundtables on global and national security, women's leadership, and the various ways in which women worldwide are affected by conflict and security concerns
- Featuring and promoting women experts on security from the military, intelligence community, law enforcement, international agencies, government and non-governmental organizations, business, academia, philanthropy and the media
- Organizing workshops and seminars to cultivate women's skills in op-ed writing, public speaking, leadership and negotiation
- Facilitating the development of mentor-mentee relationships and peer mentoring groups through events, surveys and guidebooks on the topic
- Addressing the professional, personal and policy impediments to women's advancement
- Providing support and intellectual stimulation for women interested in peace and security
- Educating youth about peace and security
Christina Madden is an independent consultant specializing in global security, sustainable development and foreign investment.
Madden has worked with a number of nonprofits, United Nations agencies, and private firms, including GMI, a corporate governance ratings agency, and the Whitaker Group, a consultancy promoting trade and foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition, she currently runs the New York chapter of Women In International Security and is a member of the board of directors of JeevanKala, a fair trade importer, and its parent, Himalayan Healthcare, a nonprofit supporting health, education and income-generation programs in rural Nepal.
As an undergraduate, she completed coursework at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po in Paris, France and interned at a number of organizations, including the Nixon Center's Immigration and National Security Program and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
November 15, 2016: WIIS-New York will host a panel on the "Perspectives on Columbia's Peace Process". Colombia's civil war is estimated to have claimed nearly a quarter million lives and resulted in 11,700 children kidnapped, 6,800 women raped and more than 6 million people internally displaced. How can we explain such a divided populace, not to mention low voter turnout, on an issue of such national importance? Were the conditions of the peace agreement, which included political representation for the FARC and taxpayer-funded stipends for demobilized combatants, justified? Given the brutality of the conflict, what does it take for a nation and its people to forgive and move on?
WIIS-NY will be joined by Colombians Laura Ulloa and Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon who will discuss what it was like to live through the conflict and shed light on the recent plebiscite and the prospects for peace moving forward. Please find more about this event here.
October 21, 2015: A discussion on "Diversity Beyond Gender": an off-the-record conversation about diversity in the workplace with Peter Apps, executive director of the PS21 think tank, and Asha Castleberry, a U.S. Army veteran and adjunct fellow with the American Security Project. To learn more about this event, please visit here.
April 2, 2014: A luncheon discussion with Dr. Edit Schlaffer was held at Global Center on Cooperative Security. Dr. Edit Schlaffer is a social scientist, author, and activist. Her research focuses on women in international politics, women as agents of change in politics and civil society, and interpersonal relationships in the modern world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Women without Borders, which works to empower women in achieving positive change around the world.
March 20, 2014: WIIS New York chapter hosted a book talk, signing and reception featuring Alice Korngold, author of A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems… Where Governments Cannot. The discussion focused on the various ways in which companies are promoting respect for human rights, environmental protection, poverty reduction and other factors that lead to more peaceful societies.
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