Nigeria: Ensure Democratic Elections
WILPF Nigeria has witnessed the evolution of conflict in the different geopolitical zones of the country since the last 10 years. Peace and security in Nigeria are challenged by patriarchy, inequalities and violent masculinities, militarisation and socio-economic injustice. The root causes of war and violence have contributed to the rise of violent extremism with armed non-state actors such as Boko Haram, Massob and Niger Delta Avengers.
Using a feminist lens, WILPF Nigeria works to bring back peace to the country. This work implies equality, justice and demilitarised security for all the Nigerians. WILPF Nigeria works with a non-violent approach to transform the political structure and increase women’s participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding decision processes.
This has lead to the creation of Women’s Situation Room Nigeria. The initiative was created in collaboration with a network of 13 women and feminist organisations. Together they form the WSRNigeria. The Women’s Situation Room Nigeria plays a crucial role in ensuring peaceful elections. Women in the Situation Room identify, observe, monitor, and report on electoral and gender-based violence before, during and after the elections. During the 2015 election, 5,000 reports were received in two weeks. The incidence report categories included voting complaints, violence, electoral offences, insecurity and spontaneous violence on the announcement of results.
WILPF Nigeria also works continuously with several local government agencies to ensure the implementation of three main outcomes:
- Build peace with a gender perspective: by strengthening and empowering women at the local and national level to organise, participate and provide gender perspectives.
- Engender political space: by enhancing the understanding and dialogue on gender with key stakeholders from political party and assembly engagement.
- Enable conditions to prevent violence: by establishing women-led early warning and conflict prevention mechanisms at the community and state level as a human rights protection tool.