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Brief press conference on Edo Elections

WSRN held a press brief the 27th September 2016 at Protea Hotel, the conference was used to inform the Edo people of our presence in the State and also of the role we will be playing during the election and how they can key into it. The press briefing was attended by various media house both print and media.

WSRN also carried out training for her team of female observers on their role as election observers and what is required of them in the field.

The Women’s Situation Room Nigeria is a concept that was first implemented under the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) during the Liberia Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2011. The Women’s Situation Room (WSR) arose out of the realization that violence has become a norm in African elections and it became imperative that women develop mechanism to counter this pattern. It was adopted as a best practice by the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) of the AU with President Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Laureate as champion of the WSR.

WSRN was established by the President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in Nigeria and the International Vice President, Joy Onyesoh, during the February 2015 general elections in Nigeria. This recorded a significant level of success, two physical situation rooms were sighted in the country (Abuja and Rivers State), and also 300 hundred women were trained as observers and were sent to various part of the country to observe the election process, and they covered 10 states.

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