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 by FBA 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

 

Click here to read a written summary of the meeting.

Click here to read more about the Nordic Women Mediators.

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