The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network conducts a wide range of activities to contribute to the promotion and enhancement of women’s effective and meaningful participation in peace processes. It also engages in knowledge–sharing on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women Peace and Security” (2000) and its further related resolutions.
Specifically, the activities of the MWMN focus on capacity building, advocacy, fostering synergies and experience sharing. Furthermore, a blog has been created to enable members and experts in the field of mediation to discuss specific topics and share their experiences in their respective countries.
The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network offers a number of training activities to its members to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the field of mediation and on the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda. These include both de visu trainings and remote learning experiences.
In 2020, due to the Codiv-19 pandemic, the training activities of the Network have been entirely converted online.
The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network is actively engaged in the promotion of women in the context of conflict mediation and on the advancement of women’s meaningful and effective participation in peace processes. This is done through the participation to international calls and campaigns while also conducting specific advocacy activities in the Mediterranean Region.
Advancing the knowledge on the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda internationally, and most importantly across the region is of utmost importance. This is why the Network is active on social media and has developed a periodic newsletterto share information on the subject from different platforms.
The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network is part of a large international community of practice focusing on the role of women in mediation and on the implementation of UN SCR 1325 (2000) and related resolutions composed of other existing networks, thinks tanks, international and regional organizations and civil society groups.
It therefore contributes to fostering and strengthening relations with these actors to explore synergies in the conduct of joint activities, but also through the participation of the Network members’ to workshops and conferences. These activities enable to promote the work of the Network and to create a platform for experience sharing aimed at identifying best practices in the field.
Of key importance is the collaboration of the MWMN with the other regional networks of women mediators that culminated in September 2019 in the establishment of the Global Alliance of Regional Women Mediator Networks.
The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network’s Secretariat works in close collaboration with its members to develop activities not only at the regional, but also at the local level within the individual countries in the Mediterranean area.
Throughout the years, this collaboration has led to groups of members from specific countries to develop an interest in strengthening the Network at the local level to be able to promote its activity and further its objectives in their countries. This has been further developed through the establishment of local antennas, where the MWMN members conduct activities in the field of mediation and related to the role of women in peacebuilding at the local level.
Building on the expertise of its members and of the Secretariat, the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network has also initiated a Blog, which is a virtual platform to discuss timely issues related to the implementation of the WPS agenda at the national, regional and global levels, to exchange experiences and best practices among the members and other partners and stakeholders, and to discuss new ideas and develop concrete solutions to address common challenges confronting women in peace-making.