As regional women mediator networks have emerged around the world, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, and the Peace Research Institute Oslo organized a meeting with these networks from Africa, Mediterranean Sea, ASEAN and different regions of the world in Oslo, Norway in March 2018.
The Ban Ki-moon Centre participated and learnt from the expertise of the OSCE, the EU, the UN DPA Mediation Support Unit and many others. The meeting was to discuss cooperation and the possible establishment of a global alliance of women mediators. Now a video on the importance of building a global network said by the women mediators is available online.
“If we connect all the mediating networks, we can pull resources; we can exchange best practices; we can reinforce each other.”
- Magda Zenon, Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN)
“All of us are different levels of development, different levels of violence, and different levels of peace. Women have been working in isolation for a number of years, but now we are realizing that we should be working together. And having a network like this brings together the women from all works of life on the continent to bring about peace and security, and stability.”
- Stella Sabiiti, FemWise-Africa
“I think the networks that have been created over the last few years are incredibly important, and the reason is that they are linking together with each other, they are sharing good practice and experience, but also they are building a movement. And that is about insuring that mediators and member states know that women have this experience. They have this impact, and we need to look at their access to this process.”
- Nahla Valji, Senior Gender Advisor Executive Office of UN SG
“[It is important] that different networks know about each other and that you can use women from across the globe in different mediation efforts.”
- Hilde Salvesen, Nordic Women Mediators