The initiative for a Mediterranean Women Mediators Network aims at fulfilling the need to increase the number of women involved in peacemaking efforts and facilitating the appointment of women mediators at local and international level, thus reducing the networking capacity gap in the Mediterranean area. Stability in the Mediterranean is a prerequisite for security in the whole region. Given its complex socio-cultural context, women mediators can bring strategic knowledge to their contribution to conflict resolution and sustainable peace.
The Mediterranean Women Mediators Network project, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and implemented by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Italian branch of Women in International Security (WIIS Italy), could be a catalyst for mediation efforts in ongoing and potential crises and post-conflict stabilization processes. It could also foster synergy and coordination among existing initiatives.
Indeed, the Network strives for a coherent approach in close cooperation with the UN and the UNDPA-managed roster of mediation experts. The Network will be launched at an international event to be held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on 26 October 2017.