ExpertiseArms Control and Nuclear Proliferation
Feminist Foreign Policy
Regulating new tools of warfare: Insights from humanitarian disarmament and arms control efforts Project Ploughshares report Mar 2022
Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGOs, and the UN Stimson Center webinar Dec 7, 2021
Addressing Gender in the Arms Trade Treaty Process Stimson Center webinar Oct 6, 2021
Who Rules Cyberspace? Engaging Civil Society Chatham House audio Nov 12, 2020
The Trudeau government is fueling a humanitarian crisis in Yemen The Globe and Mail Sept 24, 2020
Why gender matters in international cyber security Reaching Critical Will publications April 2020
Trump Will Fuel War Across World by Increasing U.S. Global Arms Sales Newsweek Sept 30, 2017
A New Generation Seeks to Ban the Bomb University of Toronto magazine Sept 13, 2017
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.