On the 5th of November 2021, WILPF Nigeria under the Women Situation Room Nigeria (WSRN) organized a press briefing ahead of the Anambra state gubernatorial elections. The aim of the press statement was to call for peaceful elections given the predictions received ahead of the election. Media present during the press briefing are – the Nigerian Television Authority, Galaxy TV, Pride news, and Seven FM.
The convener of the WSRN, Prof Joy Onyesoh started by giving an overview on the violence security happenings in the state which had created some form of tensions among citizens of the state. She further buttressed what the Women’s Situation Room Nigeria (WSRN) is all about which is a network of women organisations focused on promoting women peace and security framework . Additionally, the President of Women in Politics Forum, Barr Ebere Ifendu lent her voice while speaking on the need for all political parties and voters to continue to reject all forms of violence. In her conclusion, she stated that the WSRN is also working in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, the Women in Politics Forum and the 100 women lobby group to ensure that women play a vital role in promoting peace and security and to ensure equal participation.
The zonal coordinator of WSRN Mrs. Philomena Henry also spoke on the situation room to be officially opened from the 5th of November to the 7th of November 2021 responding to issues of electoral concerns. She called out, the WSRN toll free line which was state that is open to all callers to call in and give reports of happenings in the state with regards to the elections.
WILPF Nigeria is a registered national and non-partisan not for profit organization created in 2008 in response to a country faced with multidimensional problems related to women’s discrimination and challenges to their participation in peace and security.