Champion of Change: Allison Pytlak


Allison Pytlak completed her degree at the University of Toronto, after which she went on to volunteer and intern within the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in Geneva and Mines Action Canada. She was deeply moved by the plight of landmine survivors and eventually went on to also work in a global campaign to ban cluster munitions. She has been a strong advocate for arms control, advising on policy and advocacy with the Control Arms Coalition during the negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty. In her present position at WILPF, she works closely with Ray Acheson in mobilizing thousands of women around the world to engage in challenging militarism, such as through the Women Ban the Bomb movement. She is so appreciative of the opportunity to work with a woman’s organization to challenge militarism and contribute to Human Rights Council reports related to arms transfers and the impact on women. Allison wrote her master’s thesis on cyber peace vs cyber warfare, thus making another contribution to a growing threat and its special negative effects on women.

Allison  is one of the many inspiring people selected as part of our Champions of Change campaign, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Metro New York area and globally.


Mary Luke