On 28 and 29 May, the World Institute Nuclear Security (WINS) organized a round table event where 16 different representatives from all around the globe were invited to discuss issues related to achieving gender parity in nuclear security. Participants represented associations such as Brussels Binder, INMM, BBC, One Acre Fund, WiN IAEA, WiN Global, Bruce Power, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and Women in International Security (WIIS). All discussions were conducted under Chatham House Rules, i.e. participants were free to use information shared, but were not allowed to reveal who made any given comment, with a view to increasing openness of discussion.
The intention of the round table was to learn about what had worked — and, perhaps, what had not worked — in highlighting the issue of achieving gender parity in nuclear security. A set of recommendations from the workshop is being prepared by WINS and should be published shortly.
On 28 May, the round table was followed by a networking event to which Ambassadors Kjersti E. Andersen (Norway) and Alejandro Solano Ortiz (Costa Rica), Roger Howsley (WINS director) and Mary Alice Hayward (DDG-MT, IAEA) spoke about the importance of achieving gender parity in all fields. Other members of the Group of Friends for Women in Nuclear (https://austria.embassy.gov.au/vien/JuneBOG2017GoFoWiN.html ) attended the event too.
WiN IAEA members attended the event in large numbers. We encourage our members to bring along friends and colleagues who may be interested to future events!