Women in Mediation

Illustrations to accompany research on barriers to women in mediation

Roots and Wings were approached by Dr Catherine Turner, an Associate Professor from Durham Law School who is currently researching the role of women as mediators.

There are three tiers to mediation: local mediators (of which women make up a high proportion), national mediators (with significantly less representation by women at this level) and international mediators (very, very few women at this level). This final level involves mediators working with the UN to resolve conflicts.

There is clearly an imbalance in the representation of women as international mediators, and Catherine’s research has found that there are significant barriers preventing women being chosen for top-level mediation roles. This dramatically reduces the amount of talent at that top level and leaves us asking a pretty dramatic question: Without these barriers would there be less conflict in the world? Catherine’s been getting a lot of attention for her work and ideas recently and we were very happy to be able to work with Catherine to create visuals to articulate her ideas and research.