Nordic Women Mediators
UNU-GEST coordinates the Icelandic Women Mediation Network in close collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
More than 15 years after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, formal peace and mediation processes have lagged behind in effectively engaging and meaningfully involving women, whether as negotiators representing parties to a conflict or as members of the teams facilitating peace processes.
The network is a part of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), which consists of women from the Nordic countries with professional mediation and negotiations experience.
The NWM was officially launched in Oslo on 27 November 2015, followed by an international launch in March 2016 at the United Nations in New York.
The Nordic Women Mediators’ objectives are to:
- Increase the number of Nordic women that are actively involved in international peace-making efforts.
- Strengthen the role of women mediators in conflict-affected countries and regions, both at a state or country level, and in regional and international organizations.
- Engage with similar initiatives in other countries, regions and/or internationally.
The network aims to reach out to actors engaged in peace processes, transitional processes and post-political settlement processes and institutions. Interacting with other similar women’s networks will be an important component. The NWM also aims to make women’s competence in this area more visible, to counter arguments about the shortage or low availability of women with mediation expertise.
The Nordic Women Mediators consists of national women mediator networks from the Nordic countries operating under one umbrella. The network is comprised of: a contact group representing participating Nordic ministries; together with an advisory group consisting of senior women mediators from the Nordic countries, serving as a sounding board for the network members; and an operational group representing the Nordic Ministries’ operational partners.
For more information on the network, please contact one of the following operational group partners:
- Denmark: Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC)
Contact: Isabel Bramsen and Vibeke Vindelov
- Finland: Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)
Contact: Johanna Poutanen and Silja Grundström
- Iceland: United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST)
Contact: Irma Erlingsdóttir
- Norway: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and NOREF Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution
Contact: Torunn L. Tryggestad and Laura Mitchell
- Sweden: Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA)
Contact: Klara Grenhagen and Camilla Riesenfeld