Welcome To WIIS-Romania

WIIS-Romania seeks to provide valuable services and resources to build a national and international network of women in the field of security, increasing the number and the visibility of women in this area.

WIIS-Romania intends to inspire active women to express their own points of view in fields related to security (in a broad sense, traditional security and human security, inclusive a range of disciplines such as Conflict Resolution and Human Rights). In the same time, WIIS-Romania encourages the active civic engagement of women who understand the importance of inclusive and diverse participation in peace and security.


Since its inception, WIIS has grown into a network of over 1,500 members in more than 47 countries. These members include policymakers, educators, military personnel, diplomats, legislative aides, researchers, journalists, business executives, lobbyists, and students. Members are working on and interested in diverse issues affecting international security, ranging from non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), to terrorism, human rights, sustainable development, environmental security, and conflict resolution. As a member of WIIS you will become a part of a unique professional and educational network of individuals dedicated to the advancement of women in the field and enhancement of the international security dialogue.

Executive Structure

1. Organizing principles for the management of WIIS ROMANIA:
WIIS ROMANIA is structured in two main departments, acting in complementary manner: the Department for governmental institutions and NGOs, and the Department for academic and research institutions. The By Laws establish equal freedom and responsibilities of representation in relations with third parties for all three founding members. In addition, the Presidency of WIIS ROMANIA is to be ensured on yearly rotation basis between the three founding members, and it encompasses mainly legal representation in relations with governmental authorities.
2. Executive structure elected on 13 July 2010, along the above mentioned principles:

Simona Hobincu, President and co-founder.

Dana Marca, vice-president, co-founder, and Chair of the Department for governmental institutions and NGOs.

Viviana Anghel, vice-president, co-founder, and; Chair of the Department for academic and research institutions.

WIIS-Romania Honorary Members

MIHAELA MIROIU is Professor of Political Sciences in the Political Science Faculty at the National School for Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSA), Bucharest, Romania. She initiated the first Ph.D. program in Political Science in Romania in 2000, the academic classes in Feminist Theories (1994) and the first MA program in Gender Studies (1998). Her research area encompasses the fields of political theory, feminist political theories, and political ethics, post-communist transition, and gender and politics. Her work is focused on illiberal democracy in Eastern Europe (show-room democracy) and of what she calls: “room-service feminism” and “costless state feminism”. She is the author of 12 books. Among them are: Thoughts of the Shadow: Feminist Approaches in Contemporary Philosophy (1995), Convenio. On Nature, Women and Morals (1996); Backward-Looking Society, (1999); Guidelines for Promoting Equity in Higher Education, (2003), The Road to Autonomy: Feminist Political Theories (2004); Priceless Women (2006) and Beyond Angels and Devils: Ethics in the Romanian Politics (2007). She edited and co-edited other 10 books, the most of them on feminism, including a Feminist Lexicon (2002). Since 2000, Mihaela Miroiu is the coordinator of Gender Studies series at Polirom Publishing House. She has received the first National Price for her public activity against discrimination and equal opportunities (2005). She is playing a very active public role as feminist and political analyst in the Romanian civil society and mass-media. Contact: mihaela_miroiu@yahoo.com

WIIS-Romania Founding Members

Simona Hobincu is a Ph.D candidate at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, having a three years research grant. Her primary research interests are terrorism and counter-terrorism, and her doctorate thesis is concerned with the american foreign and security policy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She also coordinates the seminar of “Methods of Research in International Relations” within the Master in International Relations Program SNSPA.

Dana Marca is a career diplomat specialized in Political-Military issues and Security Policy. Throughout various official capacities, Ms. Marca has been responsible for policy recommendation, strategic planning, national/international negotiation, and representation within international fora (OSCE, UN, NATO) on a variety of topics – e.g., conventional and nuclear arms control, counter-proliferation, nuclear policy, and non-proliferation. While with the Romanian Foreign Service (MFA), she served two tenures abroad with Romanian Embassies in Washington, D.C., USA and Berlin, Germany. In 2002 Ms. Marca was awarded the National Order for Excellence by the Romanian President for her contribution to Romania’s campaign for NATO membership. Ms. Marca is Alumni of NATO College, Geneva Center for Security Policy, and the US Naval Postgraduate School. She earned a M.A. in International Security - Strategic Studies/Defense Decision Making (NPS, Monterey, CA, USA) and is currently a PhD candidate at SNSPA, Bucharest, Romania.

Viviana Anghel is a Ph.D candidate at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration.

Mihaela Răileanu joined Women in International Security (WIIS) in 2010. Prior to joining WIIS she was specialist 1st grade in Institutional Relations and Media, and spokeswoman of Romanian Agency of Quality Assurance in Higher Education. Ms. Răileanu has been a journalist for almost 15 years. She received a MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution at National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), Bucharest, and a second MA in International Relations and European Studies at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. For the time being, she is enrolled in a PhD Program, in Political Studies, at SNSPA, Bucharest. In the same time, she holds a Bachelors degree in Foreign Languages, at “Al. I. Cuza” University, Iași, majoring English and French Grammar and Literature. Ms. Răileanu is interested in some important topics of International Relations, such as international security, international organizations (NATO, European Union), feminist studies, foreign policy. In the same time, she is interested in the democratic evolution of the former socialist states from Eastern Europe.