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Founded in 2021 by the Gender Program of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and Women In International Security (WIIS) Switzerland, the UNIDIR-WIIS CoLab aims to build connections, promote scholarship, dialogue, networking and support for the professional development of women currently working in international security and disarmament in Geneva.

Read the press release of the CoLab launch 2021 here.

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CoLab High-Level Speaker Series

As part of the CoLab, UNIDIR and WIIS Switzerland organize a high-level speaker series to facilitate insightful conversations on current issues of international security, providing a gender perspective and networking opportunities for women working in International Geneva.

The series’s latest event took place in the format of a high-level lunch event on ‘Feminist Approaches to International Security’, which was sponsored by the Slovenian Mission and where we had the pleasure to have ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger holding a keynote speech among other panelists.
More on the event here.


UNIDIR is a voluntarily funded, autonomous institute within the United Nations. One of the few policy institutes worldwide focusing on disarmament, UNIDIR generates knowledge and promotes dialogue and action on disarmament and security. Based in Geneva, UNIDIR assists the international community to develop the practical, innovative ideas needed to find solutions to critical security problems. Since 2018, the Institute has a dedicated Gender and Disarmament programme that supports the diplomatic community in bridging gender and disarmament frameworks.


About WIIS Switzerland

WIIS Switzerland is an affiliate of Women In International Security (WIIS) Global, the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS Switzerland aims to support, connect, and engage women working in international peace and security across Switzerland, to provide a platform for collaboration and exchange across sectors and to build bridges to the global community of WIIS.

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