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WIIS Switzerland Mentoring Program

WIIS Switzerland will soon launch the first edition of its mentoring program. The program aims at bringing together young women pursuing a career in the field of international peace and security in Switzerland with well-established experts providing professional guidance.

‘We see mentorship as an important tool to strengthen women’s careers in international peace and security – mentees’ as well as mentors’ – providing them with the opportunity to acquire new leadership skills, to build a long-lasting community, and most rewardingly to pass on knowledge to the next generation.’

Julia-Silvana Hofstetter, President & Founder of WIIS Switzerland

Program Overview

The program is intended for women at the junior to mid-professional level who wish to build a network and seek advice from experienced women in Switzerland’s international security field.


The Mentoring Program will take place over a period of 6 months, starting at the end of January 2023. Mentees are matched with mentors based on their interests, career goals, and selected mentoring tracks: 


  1. Diplomacy 

  2. Defense 

  3. Academia/Think Tanks 

  4. International Organizations/Non-Governmental Organizations


These four mentoring tracks make it possible to offer tailored events for the different groups, depending on the interests of the mentees in terms of their professional development.


WIIS Switzerland will provide the initial framework and guidelines for mentee-mentor interactions. Throughout the duration of the program, WIIS Switzerland will offer regular opportunities to connect online and in-person such as a kick-off event in January, discussions on specific topics, and a dedicated LinkedIn group.


Mentoring Program Manager Névine Schepers will remain available throughout the duration of the program to provide resources, answer questions and facilitate exchanges between mentors and mentees.


Application Process for Mentees 

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Interested in becoming a Mentor?

Please send an email to Névine Schepers.

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