Virtual: register on NGO CSW platform: https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/
CSW65 Parallel Event
23rd March 2021: 9.00 am EST, 1.00 pm GMT
90 mins duration
UN Peacekeeping: Women leading in the Field
The priority theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is ‘Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’.
In touching upon the different aspects of the above statement, this event will focus on women’s participation and leadership in UN peacekeeping. Experience shows women are key to strengthening peacekeeping performance and accountability, and fundamentally contribute to promoting human rights and protecting civilians. An important part of the remit of peacekeeping is often to strengthen or bring about rule of law and justice systems based on human rights. Peacekeeping operations actively work to bring about sustainable peace, and often through reform of the security sector.
This event will explore examples of how women’s participation has added to the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping by:
· Broadening the skill set of the peacekeeping mission
· Enabling greater access to communities in which peacekeepers are engaged to protect
· Empowering women and girls in the host community
· Acting as role models to the women and girls in the population
· Helping to reduce violence and conflict by the very presence of female peacekeepers
· Creating a greater sense of security to local communities, in particular, women and children, and helping build trust
· Augmenting the understanding of vulnerable lives of women and girls within conflict zones, and at risk of violence
· Interviewing survivors of sexual and gender based violence
· Bringing different experiences, backgrounds and perceptions in decision-making positions, to the tasks in hand
There are currently 12 peacekeeping operations with roughly 90,000 peacekeepers, and, as stated by the UN, the annual budget for UN peacekeeping is less than 0.5 percent of global military spend.The breakdown between uniformed peacekeepers is roughly 10% police to 90%military. The current statistics on women’s participation in UN peacekeeping show women are 5.75% of military peacekeepers and 17.55% of police peacekeepers.Overall, only 6.6% of all uniformed military, police and justice and corrections personnel in field missions currently are women.
The UN has set the following targets in its Gender Parity Strategy (2018) to be achieved by 2028:
· 25% of Staff Officers and Military Observers to be female – reached 18.7% in Dec 2020
· 15% of military peacekeepers to be female – reached 5.2% in Dec 2020
· 20% of Formed Police Units (FPUs) to be female – reached 10.9% in 2020
· 30% of Individual Police Officers(IPOs) to be female – reached 28.2% in 2020
The targets set seem low, in particular for military peacekeepers, and progress is slow. It is now 25 years since the Beijing Platform for Action, and 20 years since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 with its manifesto for women’s rights in peace and security. We really could have expected more progress. There is,however, an increase in the numbers of women in leadership roles in UN peace operations.As of February 2020, the percentage of female Heads and Deputy Heads of Mission in peace operations was 35%, with three female Heads of Mission and five women deputies currently serving. Two female Force Commanders and two female Deputy Force Commanders are also currently serving.
The participation of women in UN peacekeeping is predominantly down to the contributing nation states and their resources in terms of uniformed women in their country, and how they view the deployment of women to often dangerous and high risk environments. However, it can be questioned as to whether the human resources and management policies and processes that actively support gender equality and diversity within peacekeeping missions are in place, and whether there are constraints around lack of family-friendly work policies.
We will hear from women who have been on peacekeeping missions and who will talk about their experiences, achievements and difficulties in the field. We will also hear how the UN is supporting senior women to step up to the highest levels of authority in peacekeeping.
Women’s participation in leadership and decision-making is fundamental if we are to create a world that is more human centred, more equal and social justice is paramount. Including a gender perspective in all decisions, means a world that works for everyone and optimises the use of rich untapped talent. In June 2020, as part of the UN Women Generation Equality Forum, a Compact for WPSand Humanitarian Action was created: A global multi-stakeholder initiative that we believe has the potential to reignite and drive forward the WPS agenda,closing the gap between commitments and concrete actions. We hope that you will join us for this engaging, action-focused session, and share your thoughts and experiences.
The University of Pittsburgh chapter of Women In International Security (WIIS) proudly announces “Peace and Security During Uncertain Times,” a week-long, virtual conference occurring October 5th - 9th, 2020.
Our world, at present, is more tumultuous than ever. COVID-19 has exposed inequities in global health systems, including disproportionate burdens on women, migrants and refugees, and other marginalized and vulnerable populations. Climate change persists, and experts predict that rising temperatures will increase the risk of violence and armed conflict globally. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction pose an evolving threat to U.S. national security, which Cold War-era foreign policy tools and institutions are questionably equipped to address.
Monday - Thursday, a panel will present a facilitated discussion exploring these challenges and propose courses of action that may assist our country in moving forward. On Friday, students will present their research.
International Day of UN Peacekeepers 2020: Women in Peacekeeping, a Key to Peace
Every year on 29 May, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. On this day, we pay tribute to all the women and men who have served as military, police or civilians in UN Peacekeeping operations. We commend their professionalism, dedication and courage and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.
As this year marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR1325), the theme for Peacekeepers’ Day 2020 is “Women in Peacekeeping – A Key to Peace.” Women peacekeepers are essential for promoting sustainable peace and help in improving overall peacekeeping performance.
Armenian Convention Center, Guild Hall, 630 2nd Avenue (at 35th St), NEW YORK 10016
Unfortunately this event, along with all NGO CSW64 Forum events, has had to be cancelled due to the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We hope to hold this event when CSW is reconvened later in the year.
UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Wednesday 11th March 2020
organised by SecurityWomen
Panel of speakers:
Brenda Oppermann, Research Fellow, U.S. Naval War College, on leadership, organizational change and women, peace and security
Garima Bhatnagar, Chief of Mission Management, Police Division, UN Dept of Peace Operations
Njoki Rahab Kinyanjui, Chief of Gender Unit & Senior Gender Adviser, UN Dept of Peace Operations
April Pham, Senior Gender Advisor, UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Fatima Khan, CSW Youth Delegate from the UK
What do we mean by ‘Feminization of Peace and Security’?
It’s critical that women, from across the world, get to play a greater part in the protection and security of citizens, and in working towards building a more peaceful world. Threats to human security range from localised breakdown of society to organised conflict to widespread terrorism. Currently, the security sector (policing, armed forces, cyber-security, peacekeeping, private security) is estimated to be 97 percent male dominated. Little attention has been paid to how gendered relations of power manifest in security institutions. On the other side, gendered security needs, in particular for women and girls, are ignored. How much better security, to enable the rule of law, could be for all members of society if gender is properly understood, mainstreamed and embedded throughout law and justice systems.
Women are vital components in establishing more effective police and military peacekeeping. Could women security guards provide better security to refugee/IPD camps where families are reluctant to let their daughters leave the home for fear of attack? It is argued that women’s greater participation can provide a better security and ultimately a safer world for all to live in. Security sector reform initiatives should seek to include the integration of women to bring about transformation from hyper-masculine militarised masculinity.
There are many barriers:
Cultural factors in societies that perpetuate patriarchal gender formations, and perpetuate discrimination against women in the workplace
Women’s reluctance to be part of a male dominated working environment or participate in what is seen as ‘men’s work’.
Women are seen primarily as victims in a dualistic worldview that places men as protectors and breadwinners.
Women’s contribution to Peacekeeping seeks to overcome, not only operating in a male dominated environment, but one that is often hostile and unpredictable.
Sexual harassment and abuse. This is seen both within security institutions and organisations, and the impact of such behaviour on communities outside.
The #MeToo movement highlighted how power is used to abuse and denigrate women who have the temerity to seek to advance their careers.
The myth of the demands and importance placed on Physical Strength of individual security professionals
Political conditions which encourage toxic masculinity and exacerbate the likelihood of conflict
Lack of professionalism and leadership in security organisations, and non-adherence to acceptable standards of behaviour
Lack of female role models, and too many harmful stereotypes
Lack of funding for meaningful and transformative gender training of security forces
Although the barriers seem many, solutions are worked out every day through grassroots organisations where problems are felt first hand and people learn. Women know what is needed to make their world a safer one, where work goes on to de-escalate and resolve conflicts from household level to community to national scale.
Young people, particularly girls, need to know what to study at school, college and university to go into the many and varied careers which make up the security sector. We need to see established a pipeline of talent in all areas of security to enable women to reach leadership positions which will bring about the change of organisational culture needed.
SecurityWomen held a Conference on Women’s Participation in the Security Sector in London in June 2019 which highlighted the differing practices, policies and stories around security in the world. The discussions and film from this event is available on the SecurityWomen app (search SecurityWomen in the App Store).
25 years ago, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action projected a path to a more gender equal world. Chapter IV on Strategic Objectives and Actions separate out in Section E, the issues on Women and Armed Conflict which states that peace is inextricably linked with equality between women and men and development. It is 20 years since UN SRC 1325 passed, calling for women’s equal participation in conflict resolution and peace-building, and we are 5 years into the sustainable development agenda, with focus on SDG 5 and 16.
This event is about knowledge transfer, providing information, best practice and examples of where women have contributed to keeping and building peace, and where the gaps are. We are a long way from achieving gender equity and so this event is intended to inspire and re-energise for the work that needs to be done.
Established in 2012, the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) serves as a non-profit organization for fostering a community of engagement, encouragement, and support for women technologists—whether they work in academia, research, or the cybersecurity industry. Additionally, WiCyS features presentations, keynotes, and hands-on workshops, as well as mentor matching and networking socials. Notably, the conference offers low-cost tickets and even further discounted student rates
SECOND ANNUAL DAY OF ADVOCACY ON CAPITOL HILL October 7, 2019
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center Room 217 First St NE Washington, DC 20515
Tech professionals will gather on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on 7 October 2019 for the second annual Day of Advocacy coordinated by SheLeadsTech, an initiative from global tech association ISACA. As part of the ISACA advocacy day, taking place during the association’s 50th anniversary year, women and men working in IT and information systems careers will meet with lawmakers to discuss the importance of improving diversity in tech professions, instilling training and development programs in the workplace, and raising awareness of unconscious bias.
Participants will also network with other tech professionals and learn from keynote speaker Laura Bate, cybersecurity fellow at New America, who will speak on the gender gap in cybersecurity and ways that girls and women can learn about and thrive in these careers in her talk, “Bringing Women Into and Up Through Cybersecurity Careers.” A panel discussion moderated by Gail Coury will follow, featuring panelists Krysten McCabe, Anna Murray, Sandy Silk and Allison Swihart, who will discuss key findings related to women in the tech workforce from the ISACA research survey, “Tech Workforce 2020: The Age and Gender Perception Gap,” which will be released that day.
“It is vital for our professional community to be aware of the latest data around the underrepresentation of women in the tech sector, including current trends related to recruitment and retention,” said Coury, board chair of One in Tech, an ISACA Foundation, and vice president and general manager, Silverline at F5 Networks. “This knowledge gives us power to drive meaningful change, and during the Day of Advocacy, we can bring this survey data to life by sharing our experiences and, more importantly, brainstorming actionable solutions to these issues.”
To learn more and to register for this free event, visit this web page.
ISACA’s SheLeadsTech program offers community, networking, education and more to help advance women leaders in tech, including:
Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® (isaca.org) is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.
Women's Participation in the Security Sector Conference, 12 June 2019
Guildhall, London, UK
Threats to human security range from localised crime to organised conflict to widespread terrorism. Experience tells us that this vital area of human existence cannot be run along gender segregated lines. Women should be equal partners in the protection and security of citizens in all areas as well as being proactive participants in matters of conflict resolution and peace building. It is widely recognised that women’s presence can bring about a better security for society as a whole.
You are invited to the Inaugural Conference
Guildhall,City of London Corporation, EC2V 7HH
12 June 2019
1.30 pm - 6.15 pm
followed by Networking Reception
Please join us for a conference of academic insight, panel discussion and interactive debate. Our speakers will highlight current situations, from the lack of gender balance in UN peacekeeping, and the shortage of women in cyber-security, to the success of female police leadership and integration of female officers. The conference aims to bring together defence and security leaders, policy advocates and practitioners, academia, media, private and non-profit sector experts to share practical insights and best practice on building more inclusive security services around the world.
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Our partners for the Conference are the Canadian Government Defence Engagement Programme and the City of London Corporation who are generously supporting the event, and Women in International Security (WIIS) UK (https://www.wiisuk.org/)
The line-up of speakers includes:
Opening remarks by Commander Karen Baxter, National Coordinator for Economic Crime at City of London Police
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Professor of International Security, Loughborough University
Lucy D’Orsi, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations Metropolitan Police London
Bayartsetseg Jimid, Former State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia
Daniel de Torres, Head of Gender and Security Division, DCAF, Geneva
Jon Christian Moller, UN Police Adviser, Norwegian Mission to the UN
Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Grimes MBE, Staff Officer leading on Women, Peace and Security, UK Army
Major Seitebatso Pearl Block, South African National Defence Force, formerly MONUSCO (DRC)
Sophie Hedenstierna, Analyst, Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations
The proceedings will be videoed and available on this website following the Conference. There will be an interactive chat forum and you are invited to participate:
Uniting Women in Cyber 2019 Symposium: Creating a Fearless Workforce, May 17, 2019
Keybridge Marriott, Arlington, VA
Uniting Women in Cyber (UWIC) is a program designed to celebrate the success of women leaders thriving in today’s cybersecurity ecosystem and to identify and address issues that may be preventing more women from reaching critical leadership.
We are passionate about bringing together partners from corporate, government, academia, investment and nonprofits to:
Create and nurture collaboration for women in leadership roles
Build connectivity and mentoring for women in cybersecurity, innovation and emerging technology topics such as Internet of Things
Promote advancement and visibility of women in leadership positions
Spotlight issues that hinder greater participation in and advancement of women in the tech sector in general, and cybersecurity in particular
We await further details from SWAN (The Service Women’s Action Network)
SWAN and WIIS (Women in International Security) are hosting an event sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal's (D-CT) office, Washington DC
The presentation includes the 10th edition of Women In the Military: Where They Stand, an update on the status of women's integration into combat units, and an update on the SWAN v. Shanahan lawsuit. Presenters will provide policy and legislative recommendations. There will be a Q&A session.
The schedule for the event is as follows:
Women in the Military: Where They Stand - Lory Manning, Captain, US Navy (ret.), SWAN
Combat Integration Update - Ellen Haring, Colonel, US Army (ret.), SWAN; Director, Combat Integration Initiative, WIIS
SWAN v. Mattis Lawsuit Update - Gillian Thomas, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Women's Rights Project
Recommendations for Congress
Question & Answer Session
Attendance is free, but due to security in the Capitol Visitors Center, attendees must RSVP in advance. An RSVP link can be found here: https://women-in-the-military-where-they-stand.eventbrite.com.
Coffee and beverages will be provided; we look forward to seeing you all there!
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Sixth Annual Conference, March 28-30
WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL, PITTSBURGH, PA 600 COMMONWEALTH PLACE, PITTSBURGH, PA 15222
The WiCyS conference will focus on recruiting, retaining, inspiring and advancing women in cybersecurity careers as well as its inclusiveness of students and educators, industry, government, the military and research organizations. It will feature more than 60 technical presentations, hands-on workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions (on topics related to cybersecurity), lightning talks, panel discussions and more than 25 student research project poster sessions. The sessions are organized into four tracks: Today’s Technology and Challenges, Looking Ahead, Best Practices and Career Development.
The conference is sponsored by major corporations, universities, research labs, nonprofit associations and government agencies such as Bank of America, Bloomberg, Cisco, CMU, CSSIA, CyberSN, CyberWatch West, Facebook, Fidelity Investments, Georgia Tech University, Google, IBM, Lockheed Martin, McAfee, Microsoft, National Cyber League, Palo Alto Networks, PayPal, Raytheon, Rochester Institute of Technology, Salesforce, SANS Institute, the Security Industry Association, Symantec, University of Texas Dallas, VISA, Walmart and founding institution, Tennessee Tech University.
WiCyS also provides a job board, career fair and networking and mentoring opportunities in its quest to continually work toward fulfilling its mission.
February 25, 2019: Training for Senior Leaders in Field Operations: Gaps, Challenges and Techniques for Improvement
Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development International Peace Institute 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor (Corner of 1st Avenue and 44th Street)
The International Peace Institute and the Government of Canada invites all who are interested to a lunchtime policy forum event on the Training for Senior Leaders in Field Operations: Gaps, Challenges and Techniques for Improvement. The event will take place at IPI on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 1:00pm to 2:45pm.
The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) described leadership as “one of the most crucial factors in the success or failure of UN peace operations.” Please join in discussing how to strengthen the UN’s training architecture and discuss what tools, methods, and approaches—including scenario-based training—are available to improve the UN’s preparation, training, and support to senior leaders of UN field operations.
It is worth noting that the HIPPO report discusses the efforts being made to improve gender balance in leadership roles:
‘In September 2017, the [United Nations] Security Council requested an update from the secretary-general on efforts to improve peacekeeping performance, “including through more effective and efficient training and capacity building.” In the letter he submitted three months later, Secretary-General António Guterres noted, “The generation of capabilities for United Nations peacekeeping… focuses increasingly on all of the factors that lead to effective performance, including agility, training, equipment, technology, doctrine, leadership, discipline, interoperability, welfare and mindset, and gender balance, as well as the absence of operational caveats”. In addition to the highlighting of gender balance as a strategic and operational priority, the references to “training” and “leadership” are encouraging. The HIPPO report, as well as the review of the UN peacebuilding architecture and the review on women, peace, and security, have all stressed the importance of a gender perspective and the need for women to play leadership roles in UN peace operations. The Secretariat has stepped up efforts to redress the long-standing gender imbalance in senior leadership appointments, both at headquarters and in the field. While progress toward gender parity in MLTs (Mission Leadership Team) is slow, it has implications for how senior leaders are prepared and trained. Mission leaders need training and learning support to evolve beyond traditionally male-dominated models of collaboration and decision making. Such support is also needed to prepare more prospective women candidates for leadership positions and to help those appointed to roles in MLTs that had rarely, if ever, been occupied by women in the past.’ (Kennedy and Powers 2019: 4)
‘In line with the Secretariat’s objective to improve gender representation in senior ranks, the search for women candidates for appointment as senior mission leaders has intensified. Progress toward redressing the longstanding gender imbalance in senior leadership positions is making MLTs more diverse. The number of women appointed as head of mission or deputy head of mission has increased from 2 percent of the sixty serving in 2006 to 38 percent of the fifty serving as of November 2018. As of November 2018, five women have been appointed head of mission, and women represented approximately 60 percent of all appointed heads of mission and deputy heads of mission. This is the largest percentage appointed to such positions in a single calendar year (the previous high was 54 percent in 2017). This progress is in line with initiatives such as the secretary-general’s strategy to achieve parity at senior levels by 2021 and DFS’s (UN Department of Field Strategy) strategy to increase the proportion of women serving as head or deputy head of mission at the end of each year until 2021. In 2017, DFS reached its end-of-year target of 30 percent, and it again reached its target of 41 percent for 2018.’.... ‘Proactive searches, development and maintenance of databases, and initiatives like the “global call” for candidates that encourage member states and other entities to nominate candidates and invite individuals to self-nominate have enriched the selection pool. A similar call for women nominees for a “senior women talent pipeline” at the director level has shown promise as a means of addressing the longstanding, severe gender imbalance in MLTs.’ (Kevin S. Kennedy and Laura Powers, “Senior Leadership Training in UN Peace Operations,” International Peace Institute, February 2019)
Call for submissions to Report on Gender and Private Military and Security Companies
The Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights is calling for submissions to a report on Gender and Private Military and Security Companies: deadline 28th February 2019
The background to this is that the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the rights of peoples to self-determination is mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC/33/4) to monitor mercenaries, mercenary related activities, and the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs).
In one of its two thematic reports for 2019, the Working Group intends to focus on gender dimensions of the PMSC industry. The Working Group will examine key gender-specific considerations for the PMSC industry at the company level and in its interactions with external stakeholders. It will consider the specific and differential impact of policies and practices by PMSCs on the enjoyment of human rights by women, men, and other persons identifying themselves outside those binary categories, and the availability of accountability and remedial mechanisms for alleged violations of those rights. Further, it will reflect on the extent to which related international and regional initiatives as well as national legislation regulating PMSCs contribute towards greater gender equality and non-discrimination. Throughout, the Working Group will seek to highlight good practices by all relevant stakeholders.
As such, the Working Group invites interested States, inter-governmental organisations, civil society organizations, experts, private companies and other stakeholders to contribute to the elaboration of its thematic report by responding to all or relevant parts of the guiding questions set out below. The questions are meant as an indication of possible areas of interest rather than to provide an exhaustive or a prescriptive list. The Working Group therefore welcomes any additional pertinent information on the specific subject matter that may help it in the preparation of its report.
Responses may be submitted to the Working Group in English, French or Spanish at firstname.lastname@example.org. If not stated otherwise in your submission, the responses received will be published on the website of the Working Group. However, if requested, the Working Group may treat the submission confidentially.
Women In Defence - Ice Maidens, 5:45 p.m.-9 p.m., October 22
PA Consulting Group 7th Floor, 10 Bressenden Place London SW1E 5DN
Sophie Montagne is one of six women who formed the first all women team, from any nation, to use muscle power alone to cross Antarctica. They had no back up or support team and relied on each other for physical and mental strength to make the journey.
Some of the team members didn’t think they would be strong enough or bring anything extra to the team but the aim of inspiring other women to be more active and to chase their dreams drove them to keep trying.
Sophie is a surveillance operator in the Honourable Artillery Company Army Reserves Regiment at the weekends, and during the week works in marketing in Central London. Sophie learnt to ski with the Army and has been obsessed with it ever since. She is a military ski instructor and has raced for her regiment, breaking the national speed limit when she hit 73mph in the downhill.
One of the aims of Sophie’s challenge was to inspire others to be more active and reach for their own goals. Crossing Antarctica won’t be at the top of many people’s lists, but the teams’ hope is that they encourage women to try something different to reach their full potential.
Women Leaders in Cybersecurity: At the Intersection of Technology, Privacy and Security - 16 October 2018
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge 40 Washington Sq. South, New York
Don't miss the annual Women Leaders in Cybersecurity Conference, October 16, 2018, from 9am to 4pm, brought to you by the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.
This year’s conference, At the Intersection of Technology, Privacy, and Security, will bring together leading women in cybersecurity to address some of the most pressing issues in cybersecurity today. Featured topics include data privacy and security, cyber defense, government relations, and the impact of synthetic media on human rights and democracy. Joining the lineup will be speakers from firms including Jigsaw (formerly Google Ideas), Microsoft, Uber, Wickr, American Express, ADP, 21st Century Fox, Cisco, Endgame, Palantir and elsewhere, along with high-level former and current government officials and academics.
The previous two conferences were oversubscribed, so please reserve your seat now for this day-long gathering of leading women from across disciplines of cybersecurity—including law, academia, tech, and business—to join an interdisciplinary dialogue on critical cybersecurity issues, and elevate voices of women who are leading the field.
Featured speakers include:
Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
Yasmin Green, Director of Research and Development, Jigsaw, Alphabet (formerly Google Ideas)
Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, US Department of Homeland Security
Angela McKay, Senior Director, Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, Microsoft
And speakers from Palantir, Uber, American Express, Wickr, 21st Century Fox,and more.
The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10025
Meaningfulworld United Nations International Day of Peace
To celebrate ATOP (Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention) Meaningfulworld's 30th anniversary and the United Nations International Day of Peace, Meaningfulworld has planned an exciting program to be held at the majestic and historic Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City.
The topic of this program is 'Forgiveness for Peace: Upholding the Sustainable Development Goals to heal our World', which directly coincides with SGD 16, 'Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions', calling for inclusive societies, access to justice for all, as well as effective and accountable institutions.
For more details about this event, which is free and open to the public, see:
Inaugural Meeting of the Military Women's Coalition, 7 September 2018
Atlanta, GA, USA
Women have served and fought in every conflict since the American Revolution, yet despite their critical contributions to our national security they continue to face barriers within the military and when accessing the VA benefits and services they have earned while defending our nation.
An advisory group of military women's organizations, convened by the Service Women's Action Network (SWAN), have joined forces to reach out to and connect with other military organizations across the country that primarily support military women. Whether you are a formal or informal organization, a social group or a Facebook group for service women and women veterans, we are asking you to join us in Atlanta on September 7, 2018 to participate in an inaugural meeting to form a Military Women's Coalition. The coalition will elevate the voices of the current 2.2 million U.S. service women and women veterans and unite them to become a powerful force for change. All military women and women veterans groups, including grassroots groups, social groups, Facebook groups, nonprofit groups and similar organizations are invited to join the Coalition. Register here. A limited number of travel stipends are available.
Make sure you have a chance to shape the agenda for the Coalition meeting and training workshops! Please complete this survey that will help us answer the questions: Can U.S. service women’s organizations benefit by participating in a coalition of organizations? If so, what benefits, shared expertise, and topic areas would organizations like addressed through a coalition? Results of this survey will be reported back to you and will be discussed at the inaugural convening on Sept. 7 in Atlanta.
International Association of Women Police Conference, August 26-30, 2018
The 2018 International Association of Women Police Conference will meet August 26-30. This year the focus will be on the policing world and how we can all lead change in our communities and workplaces. During the conference, you will hear from leaders in personal and professional advancement in the following areas:
Lean In at Columbia University Spring 2018 Conference
Lerner Hall, Columbia University (2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
The conference will have two focuses: first, we want to create a platform for bringing noteworthy insights about female leadership into new light, by highlighting powerful stories from women professionals across many disciplines. Second, the event will serve as a celebration of women and ally communities: the day will both strengthen connections between Lean In members and facilitate new connections. We hope all attendees emerge from the conference more inspired, more educated, and more capable of transcending our society's divisions of race, class, and gender.
1:00 Registration + Business Exhibition
2:15 Keynotes: Minerva Tantoco (CTO of New York City) & Michelle Wu (Council Member, Los Altos Hills)
November 26, 2017: SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, has announced a special mentoring event for girls and women in technology, the Women's CONNECT Event. Presented in partnership with ISSA Women in Security SIG, Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, ISACA and WITI, the event will be held December 15 in conjunction with SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017, which takes place in Washington, D.C.December 12–19.Groups of Girl Scouts and students as well as individuals are invited to participate in this special event which brings together tomorrow's technology leaders with today's women in technology. This is an interactive evening of activities for girls and includes real-world talks with female mentors and women currently working in the cyber security profession.
According to Adriana Sanford, Internationally-recognized privacy and cybersecurity scholar, "STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers have become critical to meeting the world's challenges and to building better opportunities for tomorrow. Outreach, recruitment, and mentoring is needed to encourage more female participation. Only 16% of female students around the world graduate with majors in STEM subjects. It is our hope, through programs like the Women's CONNECT event that we can make a positive change and open the door for more female cyber security professionals."
To learn more about the Women's CONNECT Event, or to register to attend this complimentary event, please visit: www.sans.org/u/y46
The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is sponsoring the campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25 to December 10. In 2017, the 26th year of the campaign, the focus is on working together to end gender-based violence in education. The goal of the campaign is to continue to build awareness and advocate for an end to all forms of gender-based violence.The IANSA Women's Network invites members and friends to join in this campaign using the theme: "Real Men Don't Need Guns. End Gender-Based Violence." Most of the world's small arms are in the hands of men, and they are the primary perpetrators and victims of gun violence. This is due in part to the social construction that power comes from the barrel of a gun. Guns are closely linked to traditional perceptions of masculinity, and this has contributes to different forms of violence including gender-based violence. In this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, we take on the issue of violent masculinity and call for an end to gun violence. Network members will carry out awareness-raising activities such as:
Holding a talk or seminar on the topic of gender and gun violence.
Holding a public photo campaign inviting people to hold photos of this sign. This leaflet can be handed out the event. Share the photos on social media and other sites. Scroll down to see example photos.
Lobby and campaign for laws, policies, and programs addressing gender-based gun violence.
If your country or city has a voluntary weapon surrender system, share information about it and encourage involvement.
Do radio or TV interviews on gender-based violence and small arms.
Write an op-ed piece on the topic.
Encourage local faith-based organizations to address the topic of gender-based violence and small arms in their faith activities.
Use social media and other platforms to promote Sustainable Development Goal 5.2 (ending all forms of violence against women and girls). On November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), you can tweet: "Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls. #16DAYS #IANSAWomen #SDG5 #Target2 #Envision2030" along with this image. Scroll down for more information about SDG 5.2.
J T Rogers’ play, Oslo, is performed at the National Theatre, London, from 5 - 23 September. It opens in the West End, London, at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 2 October to 30 December.
It draws on the experiences of
Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen
who fixed secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine
The Free Thinking BBC Radio 3
programme: ‘Diplomacy’ discusses the play and the art of negotiation with
Philip Dodd and guests, Sir John
Jenkins, Gabrielle Rifkind, Michael Burleigh, and Dr Beyza Unal
Sir John Jenkins is a former diplomat and Executive Director
of The International Institute for Strategic Studies - Middle East. He's been
HM Consul-General in Israel, and Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Saudia Arabia.
Gabrielle Rifkind is a senior consultant to the Middle East
Programme, which she founded and directed until 2015. She is the Director of
the Oxford Process, an independent preventive diplomacy initiative pioneered
through her dialogue work with Oxford Research Group (ORG).
Michael Burleigh is a historian and author of books including
A Cultural History of Terrorism; Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of
the Modern World and Moral Combat: A History of World War Two.
Dr Beyza Unal is a research fellow with the International
Security Department at Chatham House. She specializes in nuclear weapons
policies and leads projects on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear
weapons. Dr Unal is also conducting research on cybersecurity.
The International Association of Women Police, 2017 Conference
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) and the Australasian Council of Women and Policing (ACWAP), supported by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) are delighted to host the 2017 International Women & Law Enforcement Conference.
For the first time, this global event will be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia - an excellent opportunity to showcase the beauty of tropical North Queensland. Cairns is known for its community spirit, which aligns perfectly with the conference theme. The chosen theme “Global Networks: Local Law Enforcement” was selected to highlight the importance of partnerships and celebrate the cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the community around the globe.
ACWAP and IAWP are renowned for delivering world class events to promote women and law enforcement. The conference will incorporate the 55th IAWP Annual Training Conference & Award and Recognition Programs, together with the 10th Biennial ACWAP Conference and the 19th ACWAP Excellence in Policing Awards. Experts from national and international law enforcement agencies, family and community agencies, legal representatives, academics, researchers and community groups all collaborate to make these events a resounding success.
The 2017 International Women & Law Enforcement Conference is an exciting opportunity for Australasian police and law enforcement partners to join our global community and enhance women in law enforcement and other community protection roles.
Pretoria, South Africa – Gun Free South Africa, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Sonke Gender Justice have launched the #GunFreeValentine campaign to highlight that women in South Africa are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by a stranger, with firearms in the home posing a specific risk.
Research by the Medical Research Council (MRC) of South Africa shows that 57% of women killed in South Africa are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and that a woman is killed by her intimate partner every eight hours. Romi Sigsworth, a gender expert with the ISS, notes that the complexity of intimate partner violence means a range of interventions are needed to reduce risk and build resilience. ‘The problem is that interventions like early childhood development, creating jobs and tackling substance abuse are often long-term and expensive’. ‘A short-term and effective response to reduce the lethality of intimate partner violence is to remove the weapon used to threaten, injure or kill,’ says Sigsworth. ‘Guns by their nature are especially deadly. Proactive action by the police and courts to get guns out of the home can save lives by reducing the lethality of domestic violence’.
Gun Free South Africa’s Adèle Kirsten explains why the #GunFreeValentine campaign is being launched on Valentine’s Day: ‘In a patriarchal country like South Africa, gun ownership is sometimes seen as a sign of love; a man buys a gun to protect himself and his family from stranger danger’. ‘However, it is a myth that a gun in the home increases a family’s safety. Research shows that a woman is more at risk of being shot in her home with a legal gun owned by her partner than of being shot by a stranger’, says Kirsten.
The MRC research found that a legal gun is used in 75% of cases in which a woman is shot and killed, and in 60% of cases this shooting occurs in her home. ‘The #GunFreeValentine campaign, which runs from 14 February until International Women’s Day on 8 March is a call to action’, says Angelica Pino from Sonke Gender Justice. ‘It aims to alert women to the risks of a gun in the home; and how the law can be used to save a life. Both the Firearms Control Act and Domestic Violence Act give women the power to take action against domestic violence by requiring police or court officials to confiscate firearms or other dangerous weapons when a domestic violence complaint involving a gun or other weapon is made’.
Any woman who lives in fear of a gun or other dangerous weapon in her home can ask the police or the courts to remove the weapon immediately. Contact: Gun Free South Africa
Are Women an essential part of Security Sector Reform and the achievement of SDG 16?
Drew Room of the Church Center for the United Nations
This parallel event, taking place on Monday 14 March 2016, in the Drew Room of the Church Center for the United Nations, New York, will consist of a panel of speakers talking about the role of women in human security. The admittance of more women into security institutions, in particular, the military and police, has generated much debate and controversy, often not advancing beyond arguments around physical capability.
There is a paucity of research in this area, and this is hampered by a sensitivity to national security and political control. The picture globally commonly portrays security as a male job, often legislating against allowing women equal opportunities in terms of employment and participation in security sectors. It has become increasingly apparent that female police and military personnel in UN peacekeeping operations are a valuable and essential resource to prevent conflict and build peace and community trust. The Commission on the Status of Women takes place 14 - 24 March 2016 in New York and the priority theme is 'Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development’.
Gender Awareness in the Security and Defence Field
University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
April 27 – 28, 2017
The University of San Diego’s Institute for Peace and Justice, at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, will host a full day high-profile event on Gender Awareness in the Security and Defence Field. The event will bring together members of the security and defense sectors from throughout Southern California, students, academics and leading practitioners. Speakers include national and international experts in security and defense policy and operations; the event will be headlined by H. E. Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General.
All events on April 27 are free and open to the public. The event, and associated research and training protocols, have been made possible by a NATO Science for Peace and Security Grant.
The Status of Integrating Women in US Combat Jobs and Units: Successes and Challenges
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Rm SD-106, Washington DC, USA
Sponsored by Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY); organised by Service Women’s Action Network
In 2013, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the repeal of the rule that prohibited women from being assigned to combat jobs and combat units. The Services were directed to develop and complete integration implementation plans by April 2016. The Services are now one year into full integration. Military and civilian experts will examine the progress made toward full integration and the challenges that remain.
Opening Remarks: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Panel Discussion: Integration Successes
Welcome and Introduction: Ellen Haring (Service Women’s Action Network, US Army Colonel-Retired)
Holly Hemphill (National Women’s Law Center, Senior Counsel)
History of integration-for more than six decades women have slowly integrated military occupations and units. Ms. Hemphill will provide a brief overview of the trends that have supported or impeded the gradual opening of occupations and units.
BG Hugh Van Roosen, invited (Department of the Army, Deputy G1)
The Army is well into full integration. BG Van Roosen will provide an update on where the Army stands with full integration, as well as the successes and challenges to date.
2LT Katrina Simpson, NH USANG, Infantry Officer AND 2LT Anna Traylor, USA Armor officer
2LT Simpson and 2LT Traylor are graduates of the first integrated infantry and armor officer courses. They will describe their motivation for joining, their initial training, and how standards were applied during their training.
Panel Discussion: Ongoing Challenges
Kate Germano (LtCol, USMC Retired)
Kate Germano is a former commander of the all women USMC recruit training battalion. She will outline the problems associated with segregated boot camp and how to overcome those challenges.
Joe Plenzler, invited (LtCol, USMC Retired Infantry Officer) AND Greg Jacobs (Capt, USMC veteran)
Former Marine Corps infantry officers. They will discuss physical requirements of the infantry branch as related to recently published standards for the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course.
Gillian Thomas (American Civil Liberties Union, Staff Attorney)
Ms. Thomas will outline past and ongoing legal challenges related to women’s full integration.
The Chapel, Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, New York 10016
A parallel event to the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
The speakers at this panel event will highlight women’s vital roles in the protection and security of citizens. Topics range from security sector reform in Colombia to peacekeeping in the DRC and women in cyber-security. Without the gendered diversity of workforce, the needs of all of society are often inadequately catered for, and where are the women in senior and decision-making positions?
Panel of Speakers:
Chair: Dr Juliet Colman, Director, SecurityWomen
Alexandra Amling, Researcher, One Earth Future
Lea Biason, Gender Officer, Police Division, UN Peacekeeping Operations
Major Rachel Grimes, Gender Advisor, Military Division, UN Peacekeeping Operations
Lucy Owen, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO) YWA
‘Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy’ exhibition will reveal the impact of women’s involvement from the seventeenth century onwards, during both world wars, the Cold War to integration and beyond, to today’s serving personnel.