Women In Mediation - About the Research
Introduction to the Research:
Since the adoption in 2000 of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 international law and policy has required States and the UN to take measures to increase the representation of women at all levels within UN mediation teams. Yet research continues to show that while women are active and successful mediators at the local level during violent political conflict this expertise is not being translated in to greater representation at the international level. The scale of this problem was highlighted in March 2017 when the UN Security Council convened to discuss the low numbers of women among the ranks of UN mediators. Central on the Security Council agenda was the question of how women’s expertise in mediation at local level can by used to increase the gender balance of UN mediation teams. This project explores the legal, political and cultural barriers that women face to accessing high-level mediation positions.
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The aim of the project is to provide research led policy recommendations and support for States, Intergovernmental Organisations, and NGOs on the advancement of women mediators.
The research objectives are as follows:
1. To understand the motivations of women mediators, including their perception of the skills they bring to this role.
2. To analyse the relationship between women mediators and women’s advocacy
3. To explore barriers faced by women in moving between grass roots or civic society mediation initiatives and official state processes.