ROME, OCTOBER 22 – “Mediterranean Women Mediators Network”: next Thursday, October 26, a conference will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The event, organised with IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali) and WIIS (Women in International Security Italy), will be attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, IAI Director, Nathalie Tocci, and WIIS Italy President, Irene Fellin.
Luca Giansanti, the Director General for Political and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will give opening remarks.
Representatives of the African Women Mediators for Peace, the Nordic Women Mediators Network, the European Union External Action Service and the OSCE will also attend. The conference had been announced in New York by Minister Alfano during the high level segment of the General Assembly in September. “Peace cannot be achieved without the decisive contribution of half of our society”, Alfano said at a side event at UN Headquarters.
Today, too few women are involved in mediation, lamented Alfano. The vast majority of so-called “Track 1 level” United Nations mediations are still led by men. This is to the detriment of the international community. Because negotiations where women are absent or marginalized miss vital energies and lose political legitimacy. An agreement not negotiated by the “other half” of civil society is a weak agreement: “That’s why we want to launch a new Network and share experiences with existing Networks”, the Minister said adding that “women are powerful agents of peace and security. Especially in the Mediterranean”.