Nordic Women Mediators – Iceland
NWM Iceland consists of 14 network members. The network was established in 2015 with the aim of supporting efforts to enhance the meaningful participation of women in peace negotiations and peacebuilding. As such, one of the tenants of its mission is supporting women’s organisations whose focus is on the empowerment of women in conflict and post conflict situations to participate in peace processes. In close collaboration with groups and associations of Icelandic gender equality experts, the network advocates for inclusive peace processes, including gender equality among Icelandic experts working for international organisations, as well as among those participating in international conflict mediations and peace negotiations.
Furthermore, the network aims to enhance knowledge and understanding, among the public as well as experts and political decision makers, of the importance of full inclusion of women in peacebuilding and peace negotiations by organising meetings, events, seminars, and conducting research. To that end, the NWM Iceland organised a panel at the 63rd session of the Commission of the Status of Women under the heading Women at the Table! Transformative Change, Women shaping the agenda of Peace, Transitional Justice and Political Agreements. Participants in the panel were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iceland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Kosovo and the United States. The panel was co-hosted with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) at the University of Iceland, and the Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre.
The members of the network meet six to eight times per year. The network is supported by a two-member steering group, who develop the network’s annual agenda and work plan, organise meetings and other activities. The work of the Nordic Women Mediators – Iceland is coordinated and supported by an expert from the operational group member, the GEST programme, and a contact group member from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland.