The Women Mediators across the Commonwealth
The Women Mediators across the Commonwealth network was launched in July 2017, following a £1.6 million commitment by the UK Government to this priority during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2017. The network emphasises the invaluable work that women mediators are doing across these different spaces, and envisages to increase the visibility of their important work which plays an important role in addressing conflict and sustainable pecebuilding.
Members come together through peer to peer learning initiatives, mediation trainings and network development workshops. Collectively the network advocates for the increased participation of women in peace processes both locally, regionally and internationally, by enhancing existing spaces and identifying new spaces and opportunities for engagement.
The network is coordinated by peacebuilding organisation Conciliation Resources, and currently has 46 members from 21 different Commonwealth countries.
A world in which inclusive peace processes result in sustainable and positive peace
WMC brings together experienced mediators working across different contexts to share and learn from each other, grow professionally, and advocate for increased women’s participation in peace processes globally.
- Diversity: Comprising women from multiple countries and regions, network members contribute broad thematic expertise as well as practical experience of mediation – ranging from the community level to the international.
- Innovation: The network is innovative in its approaches, membership, and objectives.
- Connectedness: By bringing together women mediators with extensive experience and skills, the network facilitates their increased visibility, learning, and exchange.
- Growth: The network contributes to the personal and professional development of its members, while itself evolving and growing the space for women’s participation in peace processes.