Women are underrepresented in nuclear security

WINS is committed to increasing the participation of women in nuclear security at all levels by promoting knowledge exchange, training and professional certification.

Gender balance

WINS' Commitments to Gender Parity

Increase female participation at WINS events

Increase female enrolment in the WINS Academy

Increase female subject matter experts at WINS events

Increase the number of female (CNSfPs) and (CNSsPs)

WINS hosts a variety of workshops, training courses, roundtables and webinars annually in locations around the world. All of these events use innovative, hands-on methods – from brief presentations by subject matter experts to small group learning exercises and Interactive polls – that actively engage participants in their own learning.

The requirement to undergo professional development and certification has long played a crucial role in such professions as Law, Medicine, Insurance and Information Technology. The WINS Academy is the world’s first international certification programme for nuclear security management. The programme is based on a core philosophy that views security as a fundamental aspect of risk management and corporate reputation.

WINS hosts workshops, webinars and roundtables throughout the year that give subject matter experts the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience on specific, focused topics.

Certifications are often required of individuals employed in nuclear safety. Until now, however, the same has not been true of nuclear security. WINS offers two streams of certification, the Certified Nuclear Security fundamentals Professional (CNSfP) programme and the Certified Nuclear Security specialised Professional (CNSsP) programme, that will demonstrate your proficiency in nuclear security and validate your qualifications.

Current Gender Parity Statistics


women have earned their designation as (CNSfPs) and (CNSsPs)


of participants in WINS events are women


of WINS members are female


women are enrolled in WINS Academy certification programmes

Gender Parity Champions

Meet our gender parity advocates and learn about best practices and lessons learned from their respective institutions and initiatives on how to increase the representation of women and amplify their voices.

Ana Mingo, of the Brussels Binder, observes that women hold half of the human experience, half of our expertise, our richness as a society. Yet across public policy-making landscapes, from conference panels to business conventions and lecture lecterns to media appearances, female voices continue to be underrepresented. "Women participating at an equal level is not a cosmetic nice- to-have. Having 50% women on every panel has the capacity to transform our debates and uncover new solutions to policy challenges. Focusing on diversity of panels helps to identify female role models, increase exposure of experts, and facilitate networking opportunities. Our mission is to bring their voices out and deliver a win/win for everyone."
Hubert Foy, Director & Senior Research Scientist at the African Centre for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS), explains that to bring positive change, we must acknowledge that women bring a unique perspective to security efforts. It starts by changing the status quo and empowering women in leadership positions and promoting their work. To implement change, we must adopt policies that enhance gender balance and create incentives for women to actively pursue careers in nuclear science and security. "In Africa, we have limited personnel in the face of massive nuclear related issues and commitments. We must collectively determine how to include those people who do not usually have the opportunity to participate."
Corey Hinderstein, Vice President at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, maintains that we must have structures in place to enable and embolden women. "We cannot just assume that we are creating a supportive environment. Communicating positive policies and procedures on gender helps to make clear to what the organization’s expectations are, which can inspire those who experience or witness inappropriate actions to come forward and have confidence that they will be heard. These policies should include implementing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely) pledges, such as those called for under the Gender Champions initiatives, to measure the starting point on gender related issues, track progress and ensure accountability."
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, founder of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), stresses the importance of a significant and sustained voice representing and advancing women of color. "It is important to discuss and develop strategies for targeting issues of diversity and inclusion in the fields of foreign policy and conflict resolution, because women of color are often the most affected by threats to peace and security. They are also community leaders in many parts of the world and can meaningfully and compellingly contribute to the leadership and professional development of other women. People need to see people that look like them, in order to recognise that they too have a place at the table."


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