Post Elections Mediation and Negotiations By the WSR in Uganda

Post Elections Mediation and Negotiations By the WSR in Uganda

The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security is currently spearheading several post electoral negotiations and mediations in Uganda in collaboration with the Women of Uganda, national as well as international partners under the auspices of the Women’s Situation Room (WSR).  The Women’s Situation Room played a pivotal role in promoting peace during the recent presidential and parliamentary elections on February 18, 2016 with the women and youth of Uganda taking charge of the room and promoting peaceful electoral process.  Since the end of the elections, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Establishment Coordinator of the ABIC and Initiator of the Women’s Situation Room has been in Uganda along with a team of eminent national and international women negotiators to mediate and amicably resolve electoral disputes.  The women have been meeting with all parties including President ‎Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

The Women’s Situation Room is a concept that was first implemented in Liberia under the leadership of the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security during the Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2011.  The WSR arose out of the realization that violence has become a norm of African elections and it became imperative that women develop a mechanism to counter this pattern.  It was adopted as a Best Practice by the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) on the margins of the 18th heads of state summit of the African Union with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and Nobel Peace Laureate as Champion. 

 

The initiative has since been replicated in several countries including Senegal, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Nigeria and now Uganda.  The WSR promotes women and youth to play an active and direct role in peace and security efforts and to empower to engage in peace processes ant conflict prevention mechanisms in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820.  It is a process that mobilizes, harnesses and taps on the expertise and experiences of women to act to prevent or mitigate potential conflict leading to violence that could emerge before during and after elections.

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