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.
Women Mediators across the Commonwealth is a member of the Global Alliance of Women Mediators Networks, along with the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, Nordic Women Mediators, and FemWise Africa. These networks are coming together to ensure strengthened cooperation and coordination between the regional women mediators networks, as well as embodying a collective voice to amplify their common goals.
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.