Last week ICAN was in Abuja, Nigeria delivering an adapted version of our Training on Gendered and Inclusive Mediation to members of the recently launched Nigerian Women Mediators Collaborative Initiative (NWMCI). The three-day training (October 7-9) was requested by the Nigeria Chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) that currently houses the initiative. It brought together 17 initiative members from the six zones (North Central, North East, North West, South East, South South and South West) as well as two international participants from Sierra Leone and Kenya. ICAN’s Better Peace Initiative Program Director, Helena Gronberg and Innovative Peace Fund Program Director, France Bognon conducted the training, joined for the last session by ICAN’s ED Sanam Naraghi Anderlini. Hamsatu Allamin, founder of Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, and member of the ICAN spearheaded Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) joined the group for the first day to share her perspectives and experiences from Borno state.

Through the Better Peace Initiative ICAN responds to real-time needs and requests from WASL members and other partners, providing strategic advice to partners involved in peace processes, including developing and delivering trainings on gender responsive and inclusive mediation. The trainings provide an overview of the history and concepts of peacemaking and mediation and include sessions on thematic and technical issues that are part of a peace negotiation. The goal is to provide participants with a deeper understanding of these issues with a gendered lens.

The exercises enabled us to start looking at this through a gender lens, which we don’t do. Now we can start to help others, from our offices to our families, to look at it in the same way.


Our trainings are part of the tools and materials we develop to ensure inclusive and gender responsive peace processes. We adapt the trainings to fit the country context as well as the needs of the specific participants, allowing for an interactive and practice focused experience.


For more information contact BPI Program Director Helena Gronberg

+1 202-355-8220

1126 16th Street NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20036

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