International Women’s Day: Break the Bias!

Today, on International Women’s Day, the International Mediation Institute would like to honour all women for their valuable contribution in creating more harmonious, resilient and collaborative societies, especially women who have chosen mediation as their profession or professional aspiration.

In particular, we would like to recognise and thank all women who are part of IMI’s community – from intern to board leadership, including the many women with cutting edge expertise who serve on our committees and taskforces and further IMI’ vision and mission through their exceptional, devoted work. We celebrate and value, not only today but every day, their contributions.

Did you know that most of us tend to underestimate women’s performance and are more likely to challenge women’s competence—even in their area of expertise?

IMI’s certification, which distinguishes individuals based on quality and excellent track record, is helpful in breaking the bias with respect to retaining women mediators, whose exceptional profiles can be searched on our website.

View IMI Certified Mediators and Mediation Advocates women here.*

IMI is the only organisation in the world to adopt an international vision and mission for mediation, transcending local jurisdictions to develop global, professional standards for mediators and mediation advocates. Quality is critical if mediation is to grow and be used by disputants. The adoption of common international standards on mediation means users can rely on objective and proven quality standards and assessment criteria to make an informed decision on choosing a mediator, rather than relying on word-of-mouth, hearsay, directory listings, or self-proclamations by mediators.

This International Women’s Day we have decided to postpone celebratory activities to prioritize contributions in mitigating the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis. Our thoughts are with all women and children whose safety and well-being is drastically shaken by armed conflict.

We look forward to exhibiting Women Mediator’s journeys in a series of interviews with IMI Certified mediators, who will share their personal stories, triumphs, and struggles.

Keep an eye on our website and social media as we will be sharing exciting content!

* Please note that more than 240 mediators have chosen not to declare their gender. To broaden the gender search results, consider also choosing “prefer not to say”.

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