The Nordic Women Mediators discuss women, peace and security in the light of Covid-19
On 3-4 June, the Nordic Women Mediators gathered for a digital meeting on how the work with women, peace and security is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here we share two interesting discussions with representatives from regional women mediators networks, civil society, the EU and the Nordic Foreign Ministers.
Women are at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19, acting as first responders and peacemakers in their communities and arguing for approaches that promote sustainable peace, gender equality and social justice. At the same time, the spread of Covid-19 has increased women's vulnerability. In several countries women's organizations have pushed back against militarized and securitized measures that have been imposed, restricting democracy.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nordic Women Mediators 2020 annual meeting that was planned for June, has been rescheduled for the autumn. It was replaced by a virtual meeting to discuss how Covid-19 affects the work with women, peace and security.
–We adapt in order to respond to the reality we are facing, says Anna Möller Loswick, Desk Officer in charge of the Swedish Women's Mediatior Network at FBA.
Watch the open sessions:
Panel discussion with opening remarks byFBA Director-General Sven-Eric Söder Beyond the pandemic: A critical time for the meaningful inclusion of women in mediation and peace processes
Dialogue with the Nordic Foreign Ministers Cooperation and leadership for women, peace and security in the times of Covid-19
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This brief discusses the role that dialogue and mediation training can play in addressing electoral violence, a serious problem to human life and democracy in many countries. Over fifty percent of the African states have experienced electoral violence since the 1990s.
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The prop-plane bounces through turbulence and I am awoken. I gaze out the window at the landing strip. From high above it looks busy, with many aircraft on the tarmac. When we land I realize that all of the cargo planes, troop carriers, and small aircraft are actually all destroyed and the fuselages have merely been pushed to the side of the mortar-potted runway. The wounds of war are still fresh here.