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Women in Science and Security

Women in Science and Security

CRDF Global promotes the active involvement and leadership of women in STEM and CBRN security fields by opening access to professional development opportunities, creating regional peer networks, and linking women with regional and international role models to serve as mentors. We leverage regional partners, expertise, and experience to strengthen opportunities for women in science and security, while fostering mutual support through growing alumni networks.

Strategic Initiatives:

Best Practices for the Advancement and Inclusion of Women in STEMM and National Security

Click to Download GuideAt CRDF Global's 2019 Breaking Barriers event, CRDF Global committed to releasing a Best Practices Guide to identify, examine and explore barriers that women experience when pursuing STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) and security-related career paths.

“Breaking Barriers: Best Practices for the Advancement and Inclusion of Women in STEMM and National Security” is the resource we have created to provide all organizations with steps they can implement to foster more inclusive and diverse work environments.


The guide connects the obstacles that women face in STEMM with those that women face in the security world – from academia to industry to government organizations. It particularly focuses on the following:

  • Unbalanced gender ratio leading to a lack of available mentorship and career knowledge for women interested in STEMM or national security work
  • “Imposter Syndrome”
  • Inflexibility of career parameters
  • A lack of data supporting the benefits of equity for women in the workplace
  • Tokenization and discrediting of women and minorities
  • Lack of visible career pathways for STEMM or security work

In identifying the crux of these challenges that deter women’s participation in the science and security pipeline, the guide provides actionable policies and practices that organizations and institutions can adapt to encourage women’s careers in both the sciences and national security

Download the Best Practices Guide

Now available in Arabic and RussianDownload the translated guides below.


Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship
The Robin Copeland Memorial Fellowship (RCMF) is an initiative to honor Ms. Copeland’s memory and to continue her legacy in nonproliferation by providing women leaders in emerging countries the opportunity to participate in a multi-faceted, year-long nonproliferation fellowship. This program empowers women leaders to promote a culture of nonproliferation and to serve as role models to a new generation of women around the world. Women have an undeniable presence on the global leadership landscape, and it is crucial to support the role that they play in international security and promoting sustainable international peace.

Learn More About RCMF

Hear from Women in the Field

A Message from CRDF Global Board Member Maxine Savitz

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) launched the C3E initiative in 2010 in recognition that the ideas and talents of all members of society are necessary to meet the future clean energy challenges.  The U.S. C3E program was launched in 2012 by the Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Eneegy Initiative (MITEI).  The goals of the U.S. program are to close the gender gap and increase the participation, leadership, and success of women and minorities in the clean energy sector and STEM fields more broadly. Read More

Celebrating International Women's Month: Dr. Violet Kayamba

Celebrating International Women's Month: Dr. Najwa Khuri-Bulos

Celebrating International Women's Month with TB Researchers, Dr. Lydia Nakiyingi & Dr. Hairong Huang

Announcing 2020 RCMF Fellow: Fadime Özge Özka

Watch the keynote address and panel discussion of our 2021 Breaking Barriers: From Words to Action.

Hear from successful women in STEMM and national security on issues pertaining to overcoming gender-based barriers and providing opportunities for women and girls in related fields around the world. Review the slide deck from our latest webinar.

Watch Robin Copeland Memorial Fellows talk about how they got their start in their fields, the importance of a mentor, and how they deal with "imposter syndrome".