The Nordic Women Mediators Network

The Nordic Women Mediators Network

The Nordic Women Mediators (NWM) is a network of women from the five Nordic countries with professional expertise relevant to conflict mediation, peacebuilding and negotiations. They share a commitment to sustaining peace through the inclusive and meaningful participation of women in all phases of peace processes.

NWM is an instrument for the involvement of Nordic women in advocacy and operational engagement in support for peace. The membership of the network comprises Nordic women with diverse professional experiences, ranging from foreign affairs and international law to multilateral or regional organizations such as the UN, the EU and the OSCE as well as civil society.

The network members have expertise on a variety of issues relevant to all phases of peace processes, including mediation, ceasefire arrangements, constitutional reform, civil-military relations, international humanitarian law, human rights, communications and inclusive strategies. Promoting women in negotiations, mediation and all phases of peace-making is at the heart of the work of the NWM.

NWM is a collaborative forum, building on national women mediators’ networks in all five Nordic Countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Network was launched in Oslo in November 2015.

National Networks

Denmark
Nordic Women Mediators – Denmark
Nordic Women Mediators – Denmark is a network consisting of 20 members with very diverse professional backgrounds working with peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution.
Finland
Nordic Women Mediators – Finland
Nordic Women Mediators – Finland is a network of 16 leading professionals in peace and security that share the vision and mission of the Nordic network and works towards realizing them in Finland and abroad.
Iceland
Nordic Women Mediators – Iceland
Nordic Women Mediators – Iceland consists of 14 network members, and was established to support efforts to enhance the meaningful participation of women in peace negotiations and peacebuilding.
Norway
Nordic Women Mediators – Norway
Nordic Women Mediators – Norway is a diverse national network of some 50 professional women with different backgrounds and expertise in mediation, peace operations and peacebuilding.
Sweden
Swedish Women's Mediation Network
The Swedish Women’s Mediation Network consists of 15 members, and was initiated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2015 to actively support women’s full and effective participation in peacemaking processes before, during and after conflict.

Objectives

To achieve the mission of the network, the NWM will work according to the following objectives:

  1. To strengthen women's participation in peace processes at all levels, including by:
    • Amplifying the voices of women mediators and peacemakers in conflict affected areas
    • Advocating for all peace processes to be inclusive;
    • Developing and fostering partnerships with other mediation and peacebuilding networks and organisations; and
    • Creating and supporting joint activities among members and with partners, as appropriate.
  2. To strengthen Nordic women actively involved in international peace-making efforts, including by:
    • Enabling the sharing of experiences, knowledge and know-how among members, including through networking opportunities;
    • Promoting and supporting members in their functions, as well as drawing on that expertise across networks.
    • Facilitating access and providing networking opportunities with mediating and peacebuilding actors globally.

How is the NWM organized?