IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Women Mediator Networks: achievements and challanges faced by an emerging phenomenon
Almost twenty years following the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the number of women leading mediation, negotiation and other conflict resolution processes at the global level is still insignificant.
As part of a global movement to enhance women’s meaningful participation and influence in peace processes at all levels, several regional networks of women mediators have been established in recent years: the Nordic Women Mediators, the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa), the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, the Women Mediators across the Commonwealth, and most recently the Arab Women Mediators Network - League of Arab States. Moreover, an increasing number of countries and multilateral organizations are expressing interest in setting up or supporting similar initiatives. All these initiatives underline the importance given by the international community to the role of women in conflict managing and prevention, in line with the principles embedded in UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. At the same time, they aim to raise awareness on the multiple challenges that hinder women’s equal and full participation in this sector, with a specific focus on the role of women mediators.
What are the achievements and obstacles faced by regional Women Mediator Networks? What are the challenges in connecting the agenda of mediation on one side, and the one of the Women, Peace and Security agenda on the other? And fundamentally, what is the added value of Women Mediator Networks and what impact do they have on the Global agenda of mediation for the 21st century?
This public lecture is part of a broader research project on Mediation for the 21st Century. Based on the concrete experience of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, Ms. Fellin views inclusive peace mediation through the lens of the agenda of Women, Peace and Security. In this talk, she will analyze the challenges, opportunities, and relationship with political key stakeholders that women peacebuilders and mediators face. The question is, what added value represent these networks and if all capital invested in these initiatives at international level, will really make a difference both in terms of numbers (more women mediators will be appointed) and in terms of content (ensuring gendered outcomes of peace processes).
This lecture is free and open to all.
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