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.