Allison Pytlak

Allison Pytlak

Disarmament Programme Manager

Region(s): Global, North America
Country of focus: Canada, United States
Based in Toronto


Current Occupation: Disarmament Programme Manager
Organization/Institution: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Allison Pytlak (@a_pytlak)  manages Reaching Critical Will,  the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (@RCW_ @WILPF).

She contributes to the organization’s monitoring and reporting of United Nations disarmament fora and advocates for feminist approaches to security. She has expertise in several aspects of cyber security as well as the arms trade, the feminist foreign policy process in Canada and autonomous weapons/killer robots, small arms and light weapons.

She has worked in arms control and disarmament for more than a decade,  participating in several prominent international advocacy campaigns, including on nuclear weapons, autonomous weapons, the international arms trade, and cluster munitions.

Prior to joining WILPF in 2016, she was the Policy and Advocacy Specialist with Control Arms, where she played a key role in the organization’s successful work to see the adoption of an international Arms Trade Treaty. Before that she worked on other disarmament issues with Religions for Peace and Mines Action Canada.

Pytlak received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree, also in International Relations, from the City University of New York where her research focused on interstate cyber conflict. She has published on gender-sensitive approaches to peace and security, international cyber security, and the role of civil society in multilateral affairs. Pytlak is a listed expert with the Forum on the Arms Trade and a recipient of the 2018 UN Women Metro-NY “Champions of Change” award.