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.
Coordinated by Conciliation Resources, WMC is a platform for the peer-to-peer exchange and learning of women mediators from across Commonwealth countries. By mid-2020, the network will include more than 50 women peacebuilders from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations. WMC members have mediation experience ranging from mediating conflict at the community level, to formally mediating conflicts as part of official peace processes. A unique feature of this network is that it will connect the grassroots with the national and international – enabling the women to share their diverse experiences with each other.
Through peer-to-peer mentoring, a series of workshops, and an online platform, the network will bring together these experienced mediators for the valuable sharing of lessons learned and best practices. The network will also raise the profile of individual mediators with specific thematic and geographic expertise who can be called upon for mediation work when required.
The WMC network is part of a broader programme which also supports practical, community-level peacebuilding projects, with a focus on women’s participation in local peace processes. Through these multiple strands, the programme will contribute to advocacy for the increased representation of women in peace processes globally.
Apply to join the network
The window for applications to the WMC network is now open and will close on 20 May 2019. Membership is open to any women who are involved in mediation at the community, national, regional or global level; who are interested in sharing their experience and expertise; and who are citizens of a Commonwealth country. At this time we are specifically encouraging young women to apply from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific, and would be particularly interested to hear from indigenous women from these regions. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept applications from Pakistan, India, Australia, Canada or the UK as we already have the maximum number of members from these countries.
The network will provide members with:
- 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
Members will be expected to:
- 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
Please email WMCNetwork@c-r.org with any questions or to submit your application.
Meet the WMC members
Visit our WMC members page to find out more about the network members.
This work is funded by the UK Government, in support of the commitments made during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018.