Video: Women mediator networks

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epa06290224 Irene Fellin (R), President of WIIS Italy, and Victoria Sandino Simanca Herrera (L), Plenipotentiary Member of the Commission for Implementation, of the Final Agreement and Head of the National Commission for Women, Gender and Sexual Diversity of the Partido Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Comun - FARC, during Mediterranean Women Mediators Network at the Farnesina Palace in Rome, Italy, 26 October 2017. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO PERI A number of women mediator networks were established in recent years in an effort to address the issue that women are still significantly underrepresented in formal mediation processes. Photo © picture alliance/EPA-EFE | CLAUDIO PERI

Watch our online event to find out more about the importance of women mediator networks and the challenges they face.


Considerable progress has been made in involving women in peace processes since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security more than twenty years ago. But women are still significantly underrepresented in formal mediation processes. In an effort to address this issue, a number of countries, regional organisations and civil society institutions established women mediator networks in recent years.

Together with representatives of different women mediator networks, we explored the added-value of having such networks. In this event, we identified their common goals and approaches but also highlighted the differences that make each of these networks unique. We also jointly discussed the effectiveness of their approach as well as the challenges they face in their daily work.

Women mediator networks

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1 December 2023
14:00 - 15:30 CET
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Online event via Zoom.

This event was held in English.

Panel discussion with:

  • Stella Sabiti, Mediator and facilitator of peace processes, former lead on establishing the African Union’s Network of Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa)
  • Neha Sanghrajka, Negotiator and mediator, member of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth
  • Dr. Christina Horváth-​Stenner, Mediation Support Officer at the OSCE Secretariat – Conflict Prevention Centre, co-founder and co-coordinator of the Women Peace Mediators Network Germany
  • Elisabeth Lothe, Senior Advisor, Section for Peace and Reconciliation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Member of Nordic Women Mediators

Reflections by Luxshi Vimalarajah, Senior Peace Mediation Advisor, Berghof Foundation

Moderated by Dr. Carla Schraml, Advisor Mediation and Negotiation Support, Berghof Foundation.


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