Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier global organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership and achieving gender equality in international peace and security.

WIIS (pronounced “wise”) provides professional development training, programming, research, and analysis to close the gender and diversity gap in the international security sector.

About WIIS

WIIS is an international professional development network with members in nearly 50 countries. Committed to achieving gender equality, WIIS publishes research, conducts training, and convenes policy forums that bridge the gap between gender and today’s critical security issues.

Over the last 35 years, WIIS helped the international community to recognize and make commitments to include women in peace and security decision-making at all levels. WIIS’ efforts resulted in new and expanding opportunities for women, with an increased presence in foreign and defense affairs and representation at the highest levels of private and public service.

Our network has helped members become Ambassadors, Foreign Ministers, Secretary of State, Special Representatives, and Defense Ministers in the United States, the European Union, NATO, and leading Fortune 500 companies.

In turn, WIIS members provide mentorship and support so that the next generation of women will achieve equal and meaningful representation in the peace and security sector.

Our Values

WIIS believes in achieving peace and security through gender equality.

Our network takes a broad view of security, including a focus on human security and national and global security issues.

For 35 years, we have built a body of evidence that women’s leadership and gender empowerment are vital to overcoming critical global security challenges.

WIIS promotes an inclusive and intersectional approach to the Women, Peace & Security agenda.

WIIS is committed to closing the gender equality gap and reversing the effects of the “shadow” pandemic that has disproportionately impacted women of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


The WIIS network is about the advancement of women’s leadership. To best accomplish our mission, we need members like you. As a dues-paying member of Women In International Security (WIIS), you will have the ability to contribute to the WIIS Blog, receive WIIS this Week, access and post to the Jobs Hotline, Gain Visibility and connect with the WIIS Global Online network.

Our Core Values

WIIS defines international security broadly, inclusion and human rights, but focuses on intersection or nexus of these issues with security.

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