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Norway Awards Funding for WINS’ Gender Equality in Nuclear Security Programme

2nd July 2018
Norway Awards Funding for WINS’ Gender Equality in Nuclear Security Programme

The World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) is delighted to announce a major funding award from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its purpose is to promote the certification of personnel with responsibilities for nuclear security and address the imbalance in opportunities for women to enter the nuclear security profession. The two-year award supports Norway’s commitments under IAEA INFCIRC 901.

The award will enable WINS, as an International Gender Champion, to better understand the obstacles women face when entering the profession, provide targeted opportunities for women to become professionally certified, and encourage more employers to hire women into these essential roles.

In making the announcement, Dr Roger Howsley, Executive Director of WINS, said, “Norway was a founding supporter of WINS and has made a significant contribution to our work and achievements over the last nine years. This latest award aims to address the gender imbalance that is so evident in the nuclear security profession because diversity has been shown to enhance organisational performance and innovation. We will also be focusing our efforts on increasing the number of Academy participants from developing countries to help build international competence amongst those personnel with responsibilities for nuclear and other radioactive material.”

WINS believes it is important to attract a much wider range of professional people to contribute to the ever-increasing challenge of evolving security threats and to provide opportunities for all professionals to achieve their potential. We are extremely grateful to the Norwegian MFA for its support in enabling this important work to go ahead.

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