WIIS Canada is proud to announce its 10th Annual Workshop, to be held in Montreal May 17-19.

Registration now open for a limited number of places. You can register for Thursday only, Friday only, or the full workshop. Places for Wednesday evening are unfortunately fully booked. Please click below to register:

Eventbrite - WIIS Canada 10th Annual Workshop "The Next Generation of Women Leaders"

Questions about the workshop? Contact the Workshop Coordinator, Shiva Mazrouei-Seidani, at workshop2017@wiiscanada.org

Posted May 1, 2017


WIIS-Canada and its partners are pleased to share the 2016 Campaign Report. This year was record breaking for 16 Days Canada with a total of 35 events and activities on the national calendar! Stay tuned for news about the 2017 Campaign!

WIIS-Canada et ses partenaires sont fiers de présenter le Rapport de la Campagne des 16 Jours 2016. La campagne a connu une année record au Canada, avec 35 événements et activités au calendrier à l’échelle nationale! Restez à l’écoute pour des nouvelles sur la Campagne de 2017!

Posted February 22, 2017


Le Centre de recherche et d’enseignement sur les droits de la personne est heureux de s’associer avec WIIS-Canada pour présenter :

« Pas un manuel d'instruction » : La Servante écarlate et les leçons de la justice reproductive



WIIS email for website

Looking for more information? Check out our events page

Posted February 22, 2017



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Collaborative event between WIIS Brussels and WIIS Canada

Stefanie Von Hlatky, Chair and founder of WIIS Canada, and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queens University in Canada, will be taking part in an event hosted by WIIS Brussels, together with Eva Gross, Head of the EU Political Mission in Afghanistan. This is the first time there is a formal collaboration between international affiliates of WIIS Global. The event is a discussion on the role of gender in the field of security and defence, and will be held on Tuesday 13th December 2016, from 18:00-19:30 in the Press Club, 95 rue Froissart, Brussels, Belgium. Stefanie will examine the different ways in which gender matters in a security and defence context, with a focus on NATO, while Eva will provide an EU perspective and share her experience from the field in Afghanistan. The event is open to members, and to non-members for a 10€ entry fee. Please register online.

Date posted: December 5, 2016


As part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, the NATO Association of Canada interviewed WIIS-Canada Chair Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky. Follow the link below to read about Dr. von Hlatky's research, work with NATO, and gender mainstreaming.

Interview with Stefanie von Hlatky: WIIS-Canada & gender mainstreaming in security

Date posted: December 4, 2016



It is with great pleasure that the Board members of Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada announce the Annual General Meeting of 2016, which will take place on Thursday November 25th from 12:00 to 2:00pm EST.  Members will have the opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting in-person, or by calling in. For information on how to participate in the Annual General Meeting, please contact contact@wiiscanada.org

 Date posted: November 18, 2016


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign is fast approaching

Led by WIIS-Canada, the Canadian programming of this global event would not be possible without the effort from the Steering Committee. For more information or to submit your event, please visit the #16Days 2016 page at http://www.wiiscanada.org/16days/

You can also email any questions or concerns to 16Days@wiiscanada.org

Date posted: September 7, 2016

NEW: WIIS-Canada Policy Series

WIIS-Canada welcomes manuscripts that are 2,000 words in length or less for its policy series. We would like to publish policy-relevant pieces on international security, foreign policy, defence policy, development, diplomacy, international law, international cooperation or the role of gender in security and defence. For submissions, please include a title, brief summary (100 words), biography (150 words) and the full manuscript in a word document. If using references, please use Chicago Style. Submissions can be sent to contact@wiiscanada.org


How do I submit a paper?

WIIS-Canada members can submit policy-relevant pieces to contact@wiiscanada.org.

Subject line: “Submission to WIIS-Canada Policy Series.”

Indicate that the paper has been read by one professor (please provide name).

Please include a title, brief summary (100 words), biography (150 words), and contact information on the first page, followed by the full manuscript which adheres to the format and author instructions detailed below. If using references, please use Chicago Style.

In what format should I submit my paper for the WIIS-Canada Policy Series?

Please send your paper in the following format:

MS Word document

Formatting instruments:

- 2 line spacing, Times Roman or Calibri font

- First line of each new paragraph indented by .5 inch

- Block quotes indented and single-spaced

- References as footnotes

- Include a bibliography

Do I have to check what rights I have given to the publisher of a journal or book in which my paper has appeared or will appear?

Yes. If you have given another party the exclusive right to publish your paper in electronic form, then you should contact the publisher to determine if you may grant a nonexclusive license to WIIS-Canada for the purpose of posting your paper in the WIIS-Canada Policy Series. You can check the Sherpa/Romeo database which contains the policies of all major publishers and many small ones http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/.

Date posted: July 25, 2016

Deputy Minister of Defence for Georgia Speaks to Women in International Security - Canada on Female Leadership


WIIS-Canada was pleased to welcome Anna Dolidze, Deputy Minister of Defence for Georgia, as the keynote speaker for the 9th Annual Workshop on June 18, 2016.

To read the keynote address, click here: Women's Leadership - WIIS Canada June 18, 2016 [PDF]

Dr. Anna Dolidze has lectured and taught transnationally, including at Cambridge University, Oxford University, University of Toronto, McGill University, Duke University,Helsinki España-Human Dimension in Madrid, Sorbonne University, and Elmira Maximum Security Correctional Facility in New York State. Dolidze has conducted human rights documentation and research for "Russia Justice Initiative" and Human Rights Watch. Dolidze has worked as a Research Fellow at Columbia University, New York University, Stanford University, and Transatlantic Academy and has authored a large number of academic and policy articles on international law, transitional justice and the former Soviet Union.

In May 2015 Dolidze was appointed as Deputy Minister of Defence for the Republic of Georgia, overseeing the areas of education, social benefits and rehabilitation of wounded warriors. Currently, she is a Visiting Professor at Tbilisi State University Faculty of Law.

 Date Posted: July 1, 2016

Queen’s Researcher Receives NATO Grant to Design Gender Training Program

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WIIS - Canada Chair and Queen’s University Assistant Professor Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky has received a NATO Science for Peace and Security Grant to fund a two-year multi-national project to create a gender training program for military and civilian NATO staff.

Dr. von Hlatky and project partner Dr. Heidi Hardt will work to develop a gender awareness and sexual harassment course tailored for both civilian and military staff members at NATO.

For more information, please visit:

A Leading Voice in Gender Training

Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces Executive Summary 2015

Date Posted: June 21, 2016

  WIIS-Canada 8th Annual Workshop Executive Summary

The Executive Summary of the WIIS-Canada 8th Annual Workshop, held in Kingston, Ontario in 2015 has now been published!

Written by Caroline Leprince, the Executive Summary is available in both English and French.

Date posted: May 3, 2016


Caroline Leprince and Dr. Cassandra Steer have officially been confirmed as the co-organizers of the 10th Annual Workshop for Women in International Security - Canada to be held in Montreal, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!

Date posted: May 2, 2016

WIIS-Canada Welcomes New Executive Director



WIIS - Canada would like to welcome Dr. Cassandra Steer as the new Executive Director. Dr. Steer is the Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellow at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and the former Executive Director of the Centre for Research in the same institute. Her main research interest is the application of the law of armed conflict to military uses of outer space, and it is this interest in emerging issues of international security that brought her to WIIS. Prior to coming to Canada at the beginning of 2015, Cassandra was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for 8 years, teaching criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, and legal research methods. She holds a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of New South Wales, undergraduate and LLM degrees in Dutch Law and International Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in International Criminal Law. She has interned at the International Criminal Court under Judge Navi Pillay in 2004, and was a researcher for the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State), before returning to academia. She has been a Visiting Researcher at universities in Argentina, Canada, Germany and the USA, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar. Currently she is the member for Canada on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, the Secretary of the IAF Space Security Committee, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, the American Society of International Law, the NATO Association of Canada, and the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.

Date Posted: April 23, 2016

 Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces

On 13 November 2015, a workshop on gender and the military was held at Queen’s University, Kingston to discuss recent developments in the Canadian armed forces (CAF), in reference to gender initiatives at NATO and best practices related to United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. The workshop gathered experts on the military and/or on gender from various sectors, including academia, the government, the CAF and the NGO community.

The Executive Summary can be read here

Date Posted: April 26, 2016


Invitation to Register for WIIS – Canada’s 9th Annual Workshop

WIIS Canada - Workshop 2016

We invite you to register for the 9th annual workshop of Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, June 17 to 19 at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax). The theme of this year's workshop is Women in Security across Military and Civilian Lines.

Registration is free and participants can register online at http://bit.ly/1UcNxGB.

Close to 30 graduate students have been selected to present their research and take part in skill-building, networking, and mentorship exercises. Overall, the workshop will include around 80 participants from academic, government, and the non-profit sector. The workshop aims to showcase the work of women in the field of international security, but includes both men and women as participants and presenters.

For more information on the workshop and accommodation, please visit http://msvu.ca/WIIS.

For questions, please contact:
Charlotte Kiddell (MSVU)
Workshop Coordinator
Phone: (902) 457 5517

Date Posted: April 26, 2016