Building on the success of the WSR Uganda 2016, which significantly contributed to reducing violence before, during and after the presidential parliamentary and local government elections, Uganda is once again implementing the Women’s Situation Room (WSR) in the 2021 general elections, to promote peace during all stages of the electoral process.
WSR Uganda 2021 was launched on 15th October 2020 at Sheraton Hotel Kampala by the deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Hajjat Aisha Nalubega, an event that marked the beginning of the execution of the WSR mandate in Uganda as the country heads to the polls.
To-date, the Women’s Situation Room Uganda has commissioned a baseline study and assessment mission to identify the key stakeholders in election processes and enable the Eminent Women develop key strategies for peaceful elections. The Assessment Missions were conducted by members of the Steering Committee in all the 30 districts to review the electoral process and status of preparation, and the potential for violence. The findings of the assessment now guide the planning for the different activities of the WSR.
12 Eminent Women have received the first phase of their training on mediation and conflict resolution to strengthen their abilities to intervene and mediate to avert conflict, in advocacy of peace. The training was delivered by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).
To ensure effective inclusion of the youth in the WSR process, a one-day consultative meeting was held with 30 youth leaders, both male and female, from formal and informal groups including youth with disabilities, youth traders, youth in universities and colleges, and social media influencers. The meeting aimed at generating input into the WSR Uganda 2021 strategy for youth engagement by understanding of the key issues affecting them.
The WSR has also held engagements with the media to raise their awareness of WSR processes and leverage its power to promote peace through responsible and gender sensitive reporting. The Eminent Women of the Women’s Situation Room met with media editors and a training was held for 30 media personnel from all 4 regions, to equip them with knowledge and skills to cover the forthcoming election processes in a fair, balanced, gender-balanced and non-partisan way.