Women in National Security: The Essentials

National Security College | Professional course
Women in National Security: The Essentials


International research has revealed that the security and equality of women is a vital factor in the security performance of the state. It demonstrates that increasing women’s participation and ensuring gender diversity in decision-making leads to better security outcomes – within organisations and at the level of the state.

National Security College, Level 3, Crawford Building #132 , 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $2,250 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,700 (GST ex).

Course overview

This course will take you through the relevance of gender to national security-related policy and decision-making, implementation and practice, and the importance of ‘mainstreaming’ gender considerations. It will explore the value of women’s participation and leadership in a broad range of national security spheres. It will link theory and concept with lived reality and contemporary practice, drawing on experiences from overseas deployments and recent conflicts. You will benefit from the insights of key speakers with experience and high level involvement in Australia’s agenda on women and national security.

Scope and content

National security practitioners are aware that ‘women, peace and security’ (WPS) is an important global agenda, as is the broader topic of gender and security, including the value of women’s participation in decision-making in the security and foreign policy realms. But many feel less than well-equipped to communicate confidently about the key issues, or to implement initiatives within their own workplaces.

Following on from the inaugural, successful Women and National Security Conference in 2017, the National Security College has designed this course to demystify the subject. This course will help you to understand the WPS agenda, how diversity in decision-making delivers tangible results, and to confidently take action.

This two-day course will focus on the essentials and the key questions national security practitioners frequently ask:

• What do I need to know about women, gender and national security?
• What is WPS and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 all about?
• How does the global agenda translate into my workplace?
• What are the critical things I need to be aware of, and how can I explain this
topic to my teams, colleagues and seniors with reference to evidence and
• How can I integrate the principles into my daily work practice and the thinking
and practice of my team?

The course will address firstly the global picture – the international agenda and evidence base, including relevant case studies – and then bring the focus back to Australia, Australian Government priorities, and to translating the theory into practice in the Australian workplace. It will provide participants with the knowledge and the tools they need to make a difference and support those working in the national security community to get across the key issues relevant to their roles.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for practitioners in the Australian national security community, men and women, in the public and private sectors, who would benefit from an improved awareness of the relevance of gender to national security outcomes, in theory and practice.

Course details

  • Two day, non-residential, fully-catered program
    • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.
    • Course timings: 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au for further information and to obtain the registration form.
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