Inspired by similar initiatives in southern Africa, the Nordic governments endorsed the concept of a Nordic women mediators network at the Nordic-African Foreign Ministers meeting in April 2015. In November the same year, the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) network was launched in Oslo, with the aim of strengthening women’s meaningful participation in peace processes. NOREF and PRIO are the operational partners in Norway.
The NWM includes women mediators from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and enables experience and knowledge sharing within the network and engagement in similar initiatives in other regions and at international level. The NWM is comprised of more than 40 women with professional mediation expertise and political experience.
In addition to NWM members, a number of international mediators, practitioners, political representatives and diplomats, representatives from international and Nordic organisations, academics and journalists will participate on the first day of the annual meeting on 7 December.
The second day of the meeting on 8 December will be limited to NWM members and a small group of international mediation practitioners, focusing on shared challenges, the NWM network, the common agenda and vision, organisational matters, potential activities and ways forward.
The annual meeting is hosted by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish operational partner Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA).