Past Events

WIIS Canada is proud to have hosted exclusive networking sessions, panel discussions, and conferences for WIIS Canada members.  Here are some of the exciting events we have had the opportunity to host:

Annual Workshop 2015

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Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada and the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University are pleased to support the 8th annual WIIS-Canada workshop on the topic of “Rethinking Foreign and Defence Policy in Canada: A decade after the International Policy Statement.” The 2015 Annual Workshop was held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, 27-29 May 2015. We also welcomed the participation of established scholars, practitioners, and experts in the field.

WIIS-Canada Workshop 2015 Program

Click here to read the 2015 keynote speaker Prof Sylvia Beshevkin

Women In International Security Canada would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of our workshop sponsors, including:

Department of National Defence Canada, Defence Engagement Program

Queen’s University Department of Political Studies

Queen’s University, School of Political Studies

Queen's International Affairs Association

L'Université Laval, Centre sur la sécurité international

NATO/Atlantic Council of Canada


Still interested?
Check out more information on WIIS Canada member and 2015 Annual Workshop Lead Organizer, Leah Sarson.

Check out the  Q&A with WIIS Canada Board Chair Stéfanie von Hlatky and Dr. Anessa Kimball



16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE: UNSCR 1325 - What does it mean for Women, Peace and Security? Panel discussion 

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This panel encouraged informative and illuminating discussion around UNSCR 1325 and its implications at both the domestic and international levels. In particular, discussion centered around experiences of refugee women as survivors of violence, and the services available to them from both the policy level as well as the grassroots level.

Panellists were Amanda Klaman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada, Yamikani Msosa of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa, and Roya Ghafari of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. Urooj Mian of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Refugee Affairs Branch, moderated the panel.



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November 25, 2014

The 16-day global campaign (November 25 - December 10) was launched to draw attention to the pandemic of gender-based violence.  Addresses from notable individuals in the domestic and international arenas reinforced the commitment we all share to speak out and never participate in acts of gender-based violence.

Speakers included Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, Urooj Mian (President of WIIS Canada), Erin Leigh (Executive Director of OCTEVAW), Kia Rainbow (Executive Director of Interval House Ottawa), and UNHCR Country Representative to Canada Furio De Angelis.



Complexities, Challenges and Dynamics: An On-The-Ground Perspective from the Field

Annual Workshop 2014
Canada and NATO: Capabilities and Priorities in an Uncertain Environment

May 29 - 31, 2014
Expert panels, discussions, and roundtables dealt with important and topical issues, such as women and war in Afghanistan, NATO and Canada, careers in IR security and defence, the role of gender in conducting field research, alliance dynamics, military cooperation, and building women’s leadership.

The 2014 workshop will provide a venue for students, scholars and practitioners from across Canada and abroad to exchange ideas related to the changing nature of international security and how those changes affect the Canada-NATO relationship.

 Partners: US Embassy of Canada, NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Canadian Department of National Defence, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University), Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) at Queen’s University, Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal, L’Institut québécois des hautes études internationales de l’Université Laval (IQHEI), Women in Defence and Security (WiDS), Atlantic Council of Canada


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Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Civil Society

May 2, 2014
This forum explored opportunities to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in monitoring Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans resulting from the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.