November 04, 2020 @ 16:00 – November 04, 2020 @ 17:00

Find out more about the event and register here!



Women are under-represented in response roles.  The objective of this webinar is to discuss the importance of a diverse and inclusive sector for  women in response to nuclear security incidents and events and the importance of the role of women in response; barriers to entry, opportunities, lessons learned & the way forward. The webinar focuses on both national and institutional perspectives as well as different roles within response.

The webinar will be facilitated by Rhonda Evans, Lead for the WINS Gender Champions Programme.

Our special guests for the webinar are:

Mr Tomás Bieda is a nuclear security expert from Argentina. Currently, he is Tetra Tech Nuclear Security Specialist Affiliated with Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He is the former Director of Nuclear Security Policies and Nonproliferation from the Secretary of Energy of Argentina. He was the Chair of the Response and Mitigation Working Group of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism and was the Working Group C Chair of the IAEA Nuclear Security Support Center Network.

Ms Asha Menon heads the Modernization Unit under the Corporate Division and is responsible to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. She joined the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD) in the year 1990 and was the first female Customs Attaché to the Malaysian Embassy in Brussels from 2002 until early 2009. She was also the first officer from an ASEAN country to be seconded to the World Customs Organisation (WCO). Asha has a law degree from the University of London and a Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Stacy Mui is a nuclear security expert from the United States. Currently, she is a global security systems analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she is responsible for the European regional portfolio for National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Radiological Security. Stacy formerly worked for the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security in the Material outside of Regulatory Control (MORC) Section. Stacy holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ms Comfort Offornedu is the Assistant Superintendent of Corps I (ASC I) and the Head, Radiological and Nuclear Unit in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Department, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Headquarters, Abuja. Comfort is currently a WINS Academy Ambassador  and  the interim Welfare Secretary of Women in Nuclear (WiN) global, Nigeria chapter.  With special interest in CBRN emergency response, Comfort has become a frontline officer and educator; training many CBRN first responders at both State and Federal levels.

Ms Kate Paul has been a Nuclear Response Team Officer for Bruce Power in Ontario, Canada for over 10 years. Her goal is to bring awareness to gender discrimination and bias found in formal and covert organisational practices for women to succeed and to sustain in nuclear security. Kate is a member of Women in Nuclear Canada (WIN) 2016 as well as the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) 2017.  In 2018, Kate received her certification as a Nuclear Security Professional (CNSP) Specializing in Nuclear Security Incident Management. Kate maintains her work, life balance with her supportive husband and 3 children aged, 6,2 and 1.

Each guest will focus on:

  • Their story, a first-hand account of their role & experience in response;
  • Their view on why underrepresentation of women needs to be addressed;
  • Barriers they faced and obstacles they overcame in advancing their career or how they have contributed to supporting increased representation of women in response;
  • Lessons learned in increasing the representation of women in response.

The webinar guests will also discuss the results of the WINS survey that is available for participants to respond to prior to the webinar: 

  • What percentage of response roles related to nuclear security incidents and events do you think are held by women?
  • Do you think that women are underrepresented in response roles related to nuclear security incidents and events?
  • Is the response sector perceived as predominantly male?
  • What do you think is the main obstacle to women entering response roles related to nuclear security incidents and events?
  • What do you think is the best method to increase female representation in response roles?

Reference materials

The Special Report on Gender and Nuclear Security

WINS gender webpages: https://gender.wins.org/

How to register to the webinar

Date: Wednesday 04 November 2020 from 16:00-17:00 CET

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: English

Registration: to register please click here

The webinar recording will be available to WINS members on the WINS website from Wednesday 04 November 2020, immediately following the conclusion of the webinar.

If you have any questions please contact:  Mehri.Avlyakulova@wins.org