WIIS Brussels

May 24, 2016: WIIS Brussels invites you on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner to the screening of the documentary “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom” at Bozar on 24th May.

July 2015: WIIS Brussels hosted a Conversation with Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, Assistant Secretary General in the Operations Division at NATO on July 2.
Francesca Tardioli discussed her experience in the security and defence field as DASG at NATO and as a career diplomat in the Italian foreign service. She will share her views on what public policies are needed to improve gender equality in the sector. The event, held with the support of the the US Missions to the EU and to NATO, is informal and the audience is encouraged to actively participate in the conversation. The debate will be held at the Press Club, 95 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. Please register here if you haven’t yet done so.

June 2015:  WIIS-Brussels hosted a consultation on Women, Peace and, Security in Latin American and the Caribbean on 16 June 2015, co-organized by WIIS Brussels and the International Justice Observatory (IJJO). For more information, please visit here.


WIIS Canada

November 25, 2015: On November 25, WIIS Canada, in conjunction with UNHCR Canada, the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW), Sexual Assault Services Centre (SASC) Ottawa, and the Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa (IWSO), launched a National Presentation of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. For more information, please visit WIIS Canada’s website and see the Menu of Events.

September 28, 2015: WIIS CanadaOttawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) and Women Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-Canada) hosted a live Twitter chat for the 9th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival on the topic of How Does Violence Against Women Deter Sustainable Peace? Hashtags #EndVAW and #PeaceIncludesWomen were used for participants to weigh in about the role of women in sustainable peace. To learn more about this event, please click here.

May 2015: WIIS Canada hosted an annual academic conference in May 2015 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Keep an eye out for the upcoming call for proposals and papers.

May 27-29, 2015 : WIIS Canada called for papers for the 8th annual WIIS Canada Workshop. The theme is “Rethinking Foreign And Defence Policy in Canada: A Decade After The International Policy Statement.” Find more information about the workshop and the application process for papers here.
March 6, 2015 : WIIS Canada held an event in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8). The event  included a discussion and arts exhibition (with four participating countries) on human trafficking. Partners included the Human Rights Research and Education Center at the University of Ottawa and UNHCR Canada. Find more information on their website.


WIIS Germany

February 2015: WIIS Germany invited High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Federica Mogherin, to speak at an invitation-only meeting organized by WIIS in conjunction with the Munich Security Conference on February 7, 2015. The German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen will also speak at an upcoming conference on women and security. Learn more about WIIS Germany’s activities and events on their website.


WIIS Israel

February 2015: WIIS Israel recently hosted a mentoring event in which a prominent Israeli judge spoke to ten law students about working in the field as a woman. In addition, a One-to-One roundtable event is scheduled for February 2015. This roundtable will address the gender parity in Israeli politics and feature women representatives from the major parties.

For more information about WIIS Israel, go to http://on.fb.me/1dHOf4F.


WIIS Malta

WIIS Malta is strengthening its connections with local universities and mentoring students on issues related to women and security. Additionally, WIIS Malta plans to launch a program building community mosaics to strengthen ties between female migrants and local women.


WIIS Spain

29 November 2016: SWIIS will participate at the III ADESyD Congress on “Sharing views on Security”. The former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Josep Piqué will give the inaugural speech and the Spanish Congress of Deputies Defense Committee President, Mr. José María Barreda, will give the final one. More information can be found here.

18 November 2016: SWIIS will participate as invited Association to join the UN Women Committee simulation (COMPIMUN 2016) organized by the Complutense University International Model UN students members (Faculty of Political Sciences-Complutense University of Madrid) and to give the final speech at the closing ceremony.

8 November 2016: SWIIS was invited by NATO Public Diplomacy Division to join with others Spanish women organizations the workshop “Women Think Tankers & Communicators” in order to analyze the Warsaw Summit main conclusions and the NATO women, peace, and security agenda. Our Coordinator, Dr. Ana Belén Perianes participated at this workshop.

18 October 2016: SWIIS was invited by the NATO Women to participate as a member of the New Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace, and Security.

Our Director, Dr. Marian Caracuel Raya participated at the first NATO Women New Civil Society Advisory Panel on Women, Peace, and Security. The Civil Society Advisory Panel will meet each year and engage on an ongoing. Please find more information here.

11-14th July 2016: V Summer Course “Spain in the International Security and Defense Organizations: Balance, perspectives, and immediate challenges.

Conference: “The gender issues influence in the NATO agenda” Tcol. ET. D. Jesús Gil Ruiz, former NATO gender adviser. Please find more information here.

June 2016: SWIIS supports the campaign She for Secretary General @She4SG as an Ally. We have joined the campaign @She4SG to elect a woman as the 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations in a global effort for gender equality. Find more information here. 

June 7, 2016: WIIS Spain presented of the II ADESyD Congress Book at the Center for Higher Defence Studies (CESEDEN). The Spanish Ombudsman, Ms. Soledad Becerril gave the inaugural speech and the former Spokesperson of the Defense Committee of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Mr. Diego López Garrido, gave the final one. More information can be found here.

May 24, 2016: WIIS Spain conducted a site visit to the NATO Brussels headquarters. More information can be found here

May 4, 2016: WIIS Spain participated in “II National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security” event with the Diplomatic School of the Spanish Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.



January 15, 2015: WIIS UK co-hosted a networking skills workshop with a group from King’s College perfecting the tips and tricks of the trade. Another event is being planned with the same group to discuss women war reporters.
March 2015:  WIIS UK and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) will organize an event on gender and leadership in the fields of security and defense. Stay posted for news on the launch of the WIIS UK website!


WIIS New Zealand

Dr. Anna Powles of WIIS New Zealand  spoke at the Women In Leadership Summit in Vanuatu hosted by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), a regional organization comprising of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Powles will discuss the importance of UNSCR 1325 in respect to the MSG’s development of a UN mandated regional peacekeeping force.

February 18, 2015: WIIS New Zealand hosted an event on “Women in Combat, UNSCR 1325, and the New Zealand Army,” featuring Major General Dave Gawn, Chief of Army. Major General Gawn shared his experiences on the role of women in combat and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.