Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC) is an innovative new network of women mediators coming together to exchange and learn from each other, and to advocate for the increased representation of women in peace processes globally.
Apply to join the network
- Access to a Community of Practice
- A range of learning opportunities, including peer-to-peer mentoring and participation in targeted trainings
- An elevated profile as thematic and geographic mediation experts
- The opportunity to advocate for greater women’s participation in peace processes globally
- Commit to the network and in advancing its objectives
- Be willing to share their expertise and experiences with other members
- Be willing and able to travel to attend workshops and meetings in their or other countries
- Advocate on behalf of the network in various fora
Meet the first WMC members:
- Elizabeth Solomon is the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Centre of Trinidad and Tobago:
What is different about this network is that it is global. It is not tied to a geographic region, and that means there is the possibility for a lot more exchange of expertise and experiences.
- Meredith Preston McGhie is the Regional Director for Africa for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
- Zainab Hawa Bangura is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sierra Leone with nearly 30 years’ experience in the field of conflict resolution:
I’ve travelled around the world and I’ve seen the strength within women, the wonders women can do, and what they can achieve given the right support and experience.
- Neha Sanghrajka works at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and currently manages the organisation’s work in Mozambique.
- Mossarat Qadeem is co-founder of the PAIMAN Alumni Trust, an organisation working to prevent and counter violent extremism in Pakistan
Since time immemorial women have been engaged in mediation - the worth and the agency of women as effective mediators needs to be recognised and valued today, and I think this forum is so important for that.
This work is funded by the UK Government, in support of the commitments made during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018.