Ghanaian Women and Youth to Mitigate Election Conflict through the Women’s Situation Room

Dec 8, 2016

A Ghanaian youth with a lighted peace torch (Photo Credit: Matilda D. Quaicoe)

 The Women’s Situation Room WSR in Ghana, a women-led peace building mechanism that embraces the youth to mitigate conflict before, during and after elections, has officially opened its Physical Women’s Situation Room at a ceremony in Accra. The event also witnessed the handing over of youth peace torches from all ten regions of the country to Eminent Women signifying the commitment of the youth across the country to peace.

The initiative is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, UNWomen, United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel UNOWAS, African Women Development Fund AWDF, as well as the Canadian and Norwegian governments.

It was initiated by the Angie Brooks Centre ABIC, with the support of a coalition of Liberian women and youth organizations. The WSR which has been endorsed by the African Union has been replicated successfully in Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

“The WSR is an African initiative by Africans for Africa; We are here to resolve conflict in real time” said the Initiator of the Women’s Situation Room, Counsellor Yvette Chesson-Wureh. She added the involvement of youth is extremely crucial in the WSR since they are the best champions of peace.   

In Ghana, the physical situation room, on a 24-hour basis, will monitor the 2016 elections and assist in mitigating conflicts through its carefully-selected Ghanaian and African eminent women and over 120 focal persons situated in all the identified hotspots across the country. It has a toll-free number (0800-100-100) that is accessible across all networks for reporting any acts of violence, voting anomaly or violence against women, for the intervention of WSR Ghana’s robust conflict mitigation process.

The event was attended by major stakeholders in the peace and development spectrum in Ghana including dignitaries from organizations sponsoring the initiative.

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