Vienna Forum

Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum, July 5th, 2016 — July 6th, 2016



The United Nations Security Council has recognized that it is critical that women participate in decision-making processes in the international peace and security arena (UNSCR 1325). Unfortunately, there is a clear gender gap with respect to early career professionals, particularly in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation.

It is important to both men and women to encourage robust participation of women in decision-making processes on peace-related issues and in the formulation of comprehensive strategies to develop public policies and laws.  The Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum aims at bringing attention to these issues.

The Forum is part of a wider initiative called, Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South, which provides high-quality training courses for women from the Global South.

5 reasons to attend


The Women Higher Education for Peace Vienna Forum aims to increase the number of women working in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation by:

  • examining the current state of disarmament and non-proliferation, including the relationship between disarmament and development;
  • showcasing the expertise of women in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation;
  • analysing the gender gap in disarmament and non-proliferation education; and by
  • highlighting new job-opportunities for women to contribute to the fields of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.

The Agenda

Download 2016 Full Agenda

A Job Fair

Levelling the Playing Field in the Labour Market for Women

The Job Fair is a unique feature of the Vienna Forum aimed at presenting the diverse career opportunities existing in the broad field of peace and development to early career professionals. Relevant expertise go beyond international studies and policymaking and includes diverse fields such as engineering, science, media, social sciences and many others.

Job Fair Exhibition

  • Career opportunities
  • Networking possibilities

Career Development Workshops

  • Practical insights into the work of Vienna-based entities
  • Women and youth empowerment initiatives

Key stakeholders in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and development will gather in Vienna to promote their institutions and their hiring process, as well as to meet with a diverse pool of qualified applicants.

Find below the power point presentations used by our partners in their respective workshops on the 6th July 2016:


The closing date for scholarship applications was May 22. UNODA was greatly surprised about the number of scholarship applications received.

Selected Scholarship Recipients

When and Where

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 and Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Vienna International Centre
M Building — Conference Room M1
Wagramer Straße 5,
A-1400 Vienna,

The Forum is an annual event, and the second edition is scheduled to take place in 2017.