Ahead of the Anambra State gubernatorial elections, WILPF Nigeria under its WSRN organized a one day training for its women observers. We had the WSRN gendered observers training on the 19th of October 2021 where we took the women observers on the gendered perspective of election observation, what is expected of them during the election as regards to reporting of information and what to look out for while collecting information on the field. The training was to help the women observers better observe the election through a gender perspective taking into account indicators contained in the observers check form and also to document any form of violence during the election using the incident reporting form.
The objective of the observers training was to provide women the opportunity to actively participate as observers during the elections reporting from a gender perspective. Also to obtain firsthand information and collate data from the field for documentation of events; to record the participation of women and also take note of INEC efficiency as they conduct the elections.
During the training, the welcome remark was made by Mr Prince Azor the chairman of CSOs in Anambra Stets who spoke on the need for integrity in the collection of information and reporting of data, the need to stay safe and abide by all rules guiding the process.
Through the trainings we were able to build the capacity of the selected women observers on gender reporting and serving as mediators handling cases which might necessarily result to violence especially at the polling units. The training came to a good end with group photographs.
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.