WIIS-NY is a WIIS U.S. Chapter based in New York City, New York. WIIS-NY, formally established in 2009, benefits from its proximity to the United Nations, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, NYPD Intelligence and diverse organizations and individuals working on various aspects of international security. We define "security" broadly to encompass a range of issues from counter-terrorism, defense and arms control to conflict prevention, peacebuilding, human rights and environmental security.
WIIS-NY undertakes a number of activities to promote women leaders, highlight the stories of women directly affected by conflict, and contribute to a more inclusive and more effective peace and security community.
Toward this end, WIIS-NY activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Hosting panel discussions and roundtables on global and national security, women's leadership, and the various ways in which women worldwide are affected by conflict and security concerns
- Featuring and promoting women experts on security from the military, intelligence community, law enforcement, international agencies, government and non-governmental organizations, business, academia, philanthropy and the media
- Organizing workshops and seminars to cultivate women's skills in op-ed writing, public speaking, leadership and negotiation
- Facilitating the development of mentor-mentee relationships and peer mentoring groups through events, surveys and guidebooks on the topic
- Addressing the professional, personal and policy impediments to women's advancement
- Providing support and intellectual stimulation for women interested in peace and security
- Educating youth about peace and security
Christina Madden is an independent consultant specializing in global security, sustainable development and foreign investment.
Madden has worked with a number of nonprofits, United Nations agencies, and private firms, including GMI, a corporate governance ratings agency, and the Whitaker Group, a consultancy promoting trade and foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa.
In addition, she currently runs the New York chapter of Women In International Security and is a member of the board of directors of JeevanKala, a fair trade importer, and its parent, Himalayan Healthcare, a nonprofit supporting health, education and income-generation programs in rural Nepal.
As an undergraduate, she completed coursework at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po in Paris, France and interned at a number of organizations, including the Nixon Center's Immigration and National Security Program and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
November 15, 2016: WIIS-New York hosted a panel on the "Perspectives on Columbia's Peace Process." Colombia's civil war is estimated to have claimed nearly a quarter million lives and resulted in 11,700 children kidnapped, 6,800 women raped and more than 6 million people internally displaced. How can we explain such a divided populace, not to mention low voter turnout, on an issue of such national importance? Were the conditions of the peace agreement, which included political representation for the FARC and taxpayer-funded stipends for demobilized combatants, justified? Given the brutality of the conflict, what does it take for a nation and its people to forgive and move on?
WIIS-NY was joined by Colombians Laura Ulloa and Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon who will discuss what it was like to live through the conflict and shed light on the recent plebiscite and the prospects for peace moving forward. Please find more about this event here.
October 21, 2015: A discussion on "Diversity Beyond Gender": an off-the-record conversation about diversity in the workplace with Peter Apps, executive director of the PS21 think tank, and Asha Castleberry, a U.S. Army veteran and adjunct fellow with the American Security Project. To learn more about this event, please visit here.
April 2, 2014: A luncheon discussion with Dr. Edit Schlaffer was held at Global Center on Cooperative Security. Dr. Edit Schlaffer is a social scientist, author, and activist. Her research focuses on women in international politics, women as agents of change in politics and civil society, and interpersonal relationships in the modern world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Women without Borders, which works to empower women in achieving positive change around the world.
March 20, 2014: WIIS New York chapter hosted a book talk, signing and reception featuring Alice Korngold, author of A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems… Where Governments Cannot. The discussion focused on the various ways in which companies are promoting respect for human rights, environmental protection, poverty reduction and other factors that lead to more peaceful societies.
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WIIS NY UN WORKING GROUP
The UN Working Group of WIIS-NY aims to engage and amplify the voices of women working in peace and security at the United Nations, Permanent Missions and affiliated INGOs. WIIS-NY's UN Working Group seeks to create a dedicated platform for women* in this arena to share and promote their expertise, create networks, and contribute to critical debates on peace and security, women’s leadership and the future of the United Nations.
* All persons identifying as women are welcome
With the creation of the UN Working Group of WIIS-NY, we seek to respond to pivotal developments in the peace and security work of the United Nations. The changing dynamics of conflict require a reform of the UN’s tools and capabilities to make them better suited to meet new complex security challenges and maintain the Organization’s global relevance. Following three major reviews initiated in 2015, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be launching a number of important reform initiatives in this area. At the same time, the Secretary-General has declared gender parity and women's leadership in the international arena, including in the area of peace and security, a priority. At this important moment of change and reform, WIIS-NY's UN Working Group will reflect on and promote women’s contributions to shaping the way forward in the UN’s work in the area of peace and security. In doing so, the UN Working Group of WIIS-NY will (i) promote WIIS and advance its goals at the United Nations and among the diplomatic community; (ii) create a network of women working on issues related to the United Nations peace and security pillar; (iii) advance women’s leadership and contribute to a more inclusive and effective United Nations peace and security community.
Dr. Aleksandra Dier currently works as a political officer for the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Conflict Prevention. Aleksandra previously held several other positions at the United Nations, including in the areas of peacekeeping, counter-terrorism and sanctions. She has also served in UN field missions in Afghanistan and Burundi. Prior to joining the United Nations, Aleksandra was a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Security Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. She also worked in several other think tanks in Europe, including the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin and the International Institute for Security Studies (IISS) in London. Aleksandra received her PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Aleksandra can be contacted at email@example.com
Tamara Anderson is an international security expert currently working as a Policy Officer and in the Office the Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security, where she also serves as the Department's Gender Adviser. She has previously served as a Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General, as well as a Senior Security Analyst in Pakistan, Indonesia and for the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Tamara worked as a Counter-Terrorism analyst and investigator for the Australian Government and has two BAs (International Relations and Asian Studies) from the Australian National University and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the London University.
Tamara can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Women's Way: Empowerment Through Voice
Women's voices are chronically underrepresented in the media, corporate board rooms and leadership positions throughout the peace and security community. "A Woman's Way," in partnership with WIIS-NY, is seeking to change this by giving women the tools and techniques needed to identify, embrace and empower their authentic speaking voices.
The workshop demonstrated how to unlock communication potential and address the disconnect between how women feel they are expected to speak and how they naturally voice opinions. The workshop introduced practices and exercises that incorporate "active imagination," archetypal awareness and vocal and breath techniques. Each participant was given specific tools that can be used on a daily basis to help shift perceptions of the self and access the authentic, empowered voice.
For more information contact WIIS-NY President, Christina Madden at email@example.com.