The Women’s Situation Room Uganda has released its preliminary findings on the recently concluded presidential and parliamentary elections in Uganda held on the February 18, 2016. The Women’s Situation Room (WSR) is an early warning and rapid response mechanism against violence or conflicts arising around elections in African countries. It provides a non-partisan platform for women and youths to play a direct role in peace and conflict prevention processes in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. It is the core objective of the Women’s Situation Room to advocate for a peaceful resolution of any grievances that any party may have in the electoral process.
Between 15th and 21st February 2016, The Women’s Situation Room Uganda received and dealt with over 1,415 calls from the 15 districts in which Observers are stationed and other parts of the country. The reports received were mainly related to: voter bribery, delays in voting, missing polling stations, missing voting materials, missing names on the voter register, allegations of pre-ticked ballots, unsealed voting materials, intimidation from security organs, intimidation among opposing supporters of political parties, as well as clashes between police and supporters in various parts of the country. For more details,download a copy of report here
In Uganda, the Women’s Situation Room is spearheaded by three organization namely Isis-WICCE, Forum for Women in Democracy and the Institute for Social Transformation.