Women in International Security (WIIS) is an excellent international network base for any women interested in political science, international law, international relations, military careers, peacekeeping, policy-making and just about anything to do with international security. It operates not only as a career network base for young women, but also as a platform for women’s voices in academia, military and government.You can read about WIIS International here.
There are 6 US regional chapters and 21 International chapters around the world. Last year I attended the WIIS Canada Annual Workshop, and I was struck by the environment of positive engagement and support from men and women alike. It stood out as one of the best conferences I have ever attended.
This year’s WIIS Canada Annual Workshop will be held in Halifax in beautiful Nova Scotia on June 17-19. The call for papers is open until March 15, and this year’s theme is “Women in Security Across Military and Civilian Lines”. The emphasis is very much on graduate student participation, so if you are one, or know any, please consider submitting an abstract. There are (at least partial) travel funds available for participants.
A non-exhaustive list of possible topics includes:
- The role of gender in militaries and military-to-civilian transitions
- Sexual harassment and sexual violence in militaries
- The experiences and well-being of female soldiers and veterans
- Women in military families
- Women in international development and humanitarian sectors
- Women in peace negotiations, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping
- UNSCR 1325 on women, peace, and security
- Women’s peace movements
- Women and combat
- Women in the defence and private security industry
- Feminist foreign policy