About Us

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Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Incorporated is a federally registered not for profit, non-partisan organization.

We are the Canadian affiliate to the larger WIIS Global network, dedicated to actively advancing women’s leadership at all stages of their careers in international peace and security - and it has officially arrived in Ottawa!


We are a proactive network of both men and women dedicated to expanding the leadership of women in the peace and security sector, while working together to Connect, Collaborate and Create change on related issues and efforts.  WIIS Canada members are researchers, practitioners, and policymakers at all stages of their careers in the international security sector.


A  membership based network, Women in International Security (WIIS) is revamping and expanding with country affiliates around the world. As part of this strategy, WIIS Canada is a newly registered Canadian Not for Profit affiliate of the larger WIIS Global network and it is in the midst of setting up in Ottawa. Over the next few month WIIS will be ramping up for its official launch in the nation’s capital.

In particular, WIIS Canada’s main activities include:

  • Establishing and expanding the Canadian WIIS  membership-based network of women and men who are dedicated to women’s leadership in peace and security, while facilitating connections to the larger global WIIS network;
  • Promoting a broader understanding of contemporary local and international security issues;
  • Producing groundbreaking research on women in peace and security careers; and
  • Fostering women’s leadership development and mentoring support


 Connect - Collaborate - Create!

How does WIIS Canada work? It is a network fuelled by members for members. To ensure we continue to achieve our goals, WIIS Canada holds regular networking and information sessions, will be launching a mentorship programme later this year and is dedicated to formalizing regional and campus chapters across the country. We are also maximizing technology and fostering online forums for connections including our WIIS Canada exclusive Portal which allows members to post blogs, access the Jobs Hotline, additional career and international security related resources and the WIIS C newsletter. In addition, each and every member of WIIS Canada is also a member of the wider WIIS Global family dispersed in over 47 countries around the world, with over 7000 members and growing!

WIIS has become a bridge-builder among these diverse communities of researchers, practitioners and policymakers.  It continues to break down barriers and foster communication and relationships among young women entering the field, those struggling with career and life choices on the path to advancement, and those at the senior level with extensive career experience.  During the past two decades, WIIS has established a strong track record as a vital forum for the discussion of international security challenges and solutions, a clearinghouse for career opportunities, and a networking hub to bring together women in the field and collaborate.  Today, there is growing enthusiasm for the mission of WIIS among governmental, multilateral, and non-governmental institutions, and among women who want to encourage the next generation of women leaders in the international security field to build sustainable peace and security.


Our History

Women in International Security (WIIS) was founded in 1987 by a small group of women in senior-level positions in the United States government and academia, as a response to the lack of support for women in male-dominated foreign policy and defense environments. Today there are over 7,000 members consisting of both men and women worldwide, representing a diverse range of expertise, generations, and efforts in relation to the international gender, peace, and security sector.

Represented and active in over 47 countries, WIIS' work and influence is thriving. Members include policymakers, military personnel, diplomats, scholars, students, journalists, legislative aides, and business executives at all stages of their careers. They are working on a diverse range of issues including non-proliferation, terrorism, human rights, gender, development, environmental security, and conflict resolution.