Mediterranean Women Mediators Network
Acknowledging the need to increase women’s meaningful participation in peace processes within a key region for global peace and stability, in October 2017, during the Italian mandate as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation launched the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN), in collaboration with the Rome – based Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Women in International Security (WIIS) Italy.
The MMWN intends to be a catalyst for mediation efforts in ongoing and potential crises and post-conflict stabilization processes and to foster synergies and coordination among existing initiatives.
The Network has been created as a multigenerational group of women mediator experts from each country around the Mediterranean region. By bringing together women mediators and women mediation experts from both the Northern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the MWMN aims to fill a networking and capacity-building gap in one of the world’s most diverse and crucial regions, in order to facilitate the appointment of high level women mediators both at the local and the global level.
Since its establishment, the Network has been engaging in a steady consolidation and expansion process and has attained significant achievements. In November 2018, Libyan members of the MWMN successfully lobbied to obtain the later inclusion of three women in the formal Libyan delegations at the Palermo Conference for Libya.