Annual Workshop 2018

WIIS Canada’s 11th Annual Workshop:

“Gender & Security, from the Bottom-Up”

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 2 – 4, 2018

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada was proud to host  its 11th Annual Workshop, held at the University of Alberta from May 2 – 4, 2018. WIIS-Canada is an organisation that aims to advance women’s leadership and scholarship at all stages of their career in international defence and security. It engages members of academia, government, military, private, and non-profit sectors in that endeavour.

The 11th Annual Workshop was entitled Gender & Security, from the Bottom-up. In global politics, security is a strategic concern involving power politics between macro-players, such as nation-states and militaries. Yet, (in)security is experienced by individuals, and groups, in local spaces, and intersects with various identity markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and class. Thus, the theme asked participants to think about the ways (in)security is, and can be, shaped in the every-day with a particular focus on gender and intersecting identities.

Click here to see the 2018 Workshop Program

Click here to read participant biographies

Video Series from WIIS-Canada’s 11thAnnual Workshop

Known as the "Gateway to the North," the western city of Edmonton served as host to WIIS Canada's 11th Annual Workshop–for the first time ever. So, in keeping with new traditions, we decided to embark on a new project as well: a WIIS-Canada video series asking researchers, experts, and activists to tell us their thoughts on six different topics; 1) motivation; 2) inspiration; 3) failure; 4) security; 5) hope; and 6) the future.

Thus, the primary goal of this project is to showcase a few of the individuals, from different backgrounds and identities, working from the "bottom-up" to create a more secure and equitable world for everyone. Ultimately, we hope this series inspires the future generation of researchers, experts, and activists to aspire, to persist, and to overcome.

Explore the videoscreated by Victoria Heath and please share widely in order to amplify the messages of these participants, as well as support the mission of WIIS-Canada to promote women's voices in the traditionally male-dominated field of international security.