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On January 2017, Italy joined the UN Security Council as non-permanent member, with the aim of enhancing its contribution to the effort of  “building peace for tomorrow.” A key component of Italy’s commitment is to strengthen the role of women as drivers of peace across the whole conflict cycle.

Acknowledging the need to foster women’s participation in a key region for global peace and stability, Italy decided to establish a Mediterranean Women Mediators Network. This is one of the flagship initiatives of the Italian mandate on the Security Council and combines Italy’s role in the Mediterranean area, its commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflicts and to the promotion of gender equality policies. The establishment of the MWNM is also included in Italy’s III National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the 2016-2019 period.

This initiative is promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and Women in International Security Italy (WIIS).

Latest News

Launch of the Cyprus Antenna of the MWMN

May 2019, Nicosia

We are pleased to announce that the first antenna of the MWMN has been launched in Cyprus on 17-18 May 2019. Following up on a previous meeting organised in Nicosia in July 2018 by the Cyprus Women’s Lobby with the joint support of the MWMN, the Women...

Training and Experience Sharing on Inclusive and Gendered Mediation

April 2019, Rome

The “Training and Experience Sharing on Inclusive and Gendered Mediation” was organized in Rome at Palazzo Torlonia, on April 12-18 and was attended by 12 members of the Network coming from 10 different countries of the Mediterranean region, namely:...

Global Contact Group

April 2019, Rome

The Global Contact Group for Women Mediators Networks, which includes representatives from the MWMN, the Nordic Women Mediators, Femwise and Women across the Commonwealth, came together in Rome on 2 April to strengthen synergies between regional networks and to...

The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network (MWMN) was launched in Rome on October, 26 2017 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the presence of the Hon. Minister Angelino Alfano.  A multigenerational group of approximately 40 women mediators and experts on mediation from the four shores of the Mediterranean Sea came together and agreed on the adoption of the “Founding Principles and Declaration of Intent” of the network.