WIIS IsraelAbout

WIIS Israel is dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the fields of foreign and defense affairs in Israel and the greater Middle East by raising their numbers and increasing awareness about international security issues and women’s rights.

Mentorship and internship opportunities are the cornerstone of WIIS Israel’s activities. WIIS Israel offers a mentorship program which pairs high level women with entry-level women for career counseling and assistance. “From Advocacy to Advancement” brings together very high profile women including members of Knesset and other high ranking officials with students for short and long-term, one-on-one, mentoring driven internships. WIIS Israel partners with the top universities in Israel to hold monthly lectures and workshops on campuses across the country. Participating universities include Bar-Ilan University, Haifa University, Hebrew University, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Tel Aviv University through its on campus program.

WIIS Israel also offers a wide variety of publications pertaining to women, Israel, security, the Middle East, conflict resolution and UN Resolution 1325. Its thriving Career center offers a list of current job openings, fellowships, research opportunities, conferences and other events to registered WIIS Israel members.



JuliaJulia Ben Shalom (Chazkel)
Co-Founder and Chief Advisor

Julia is orginally from New York and holds a BA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Diplomacy. She earned her Masters degree in Counter Terrorism and Conflict Resolution from the IDC Herzliya and did freelance strategic consulting for various non-profit organizations and businesses in Israel. She worked as a research assistant at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism in Israel and as a legal aid at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Her specialization is in the laws of war and the protection of civilians during wartime.


leaLea Landman
Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Advisory Board

Lea earned her BA from Tel Aviv University and holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in International Relations. She was a research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya and deputy manager of the Herzliya Conference Series on Israel National Security. She specializes in political, social and economic affairs in the Middle East, as well as security-related issues such as missile defense and NATO.




revitalRevital Karin Sela
Executive Director

Revital is orginally from Israel and earned her BA in Government from IDC where she completed the Argov fellowship in leadership and diplomacy. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree at Tel Aviv University in Public Policy. Prior to working with WIIS, she was a strategic and regulatory consultant at the TARA Consulting Group, where she initiated and planned public campaigns and policy proposals for one of Israel’s leading universities. She worked at the Office of the Prime Minister during the Olmert administration and was a co-founder of Young Israelis for UNICEF, a student-based organization aimed at supporting and strengthening the Israeli fund. Revital specializes in strategic and political consulting, campaigning, policy affairs, and planning.



WIIS Israel is proud to present its new weekly update on major developments on defense, security, international relations, industry, R&D and trends in related fields. Access the blog here.


June 12, 2014 – WIIS Israel, in cooperation with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, held a workshop at the UN Headquarters in Jerusalem. The program was aimed to educate future female leaders about their options in the UN, to strengthen the understanding and bond between Israel and the UN, and to encourage activities advancing UN resolution 1325 in Israel. Learn more about the event here.

September 22, 2013 – WIIS Israel and WIIS West came together to host a fundraising event featuring an inspiring documentary film on women’s issues in the Muslim world.



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Past Events

WIIS Israel, in cooperation with WIIS West, is hosting a fundraising event, featuring an inspiring documentary film on women’s issues in the Muslim world.

Date:           Sunday, September 22nd

Time:           6:00 p.m.- Dinner and remarks

7:30 p.m – Film pre-screening

To RSVP:    http://wiisisrael.eventbrite.com/