AU’s Women Situation Room Launched in Uganda Ahead of Polls

The Women Situation Room, an African Union initiative that emerged in 2011 to monitor incidents of violence during elections, has been launched in Uganda ahead of 2011 elections.

While launching the rooms for monitoring the 2021 elections at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala yesterday, Judy Kamanyim one of the officials, revealed that their eyes will be on 30 districts where elections were violent during the 2016 general election.

“In 2016, we monitored elections in 15 districts where violence was prone during elections and unfortunately, there is another 15 districts where violence was registered during the NRM primaries,” she said.

She explained that the regional situation rooms located in Mbarara, Soroti Gulu and Kampala, are a women led initiative established in Liberia during the 2011 elections and adopted by the African Union led by women and youth as a mechanism for monitoring violent and tense situations during elections.

She said named Gulu, Amuru, Koboko Arua, Kitgum Lamwo and Nwoya as the districts in northern Uganda where incidents of violence have been registered. In Central region, the observation which is located at Sheraton Hotel will be monitoring the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Luwero, Mityana, Sembabule and Kassanda. In Eastern Region, their eyes will be on the districts of Serere, Iganga, Jinja, Mbale, Katakwi, Bugiri and Soroti, while in the West, they will be focusing on Mbarara, Isingiro, Kasese, Ntungamo, Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanungu and Rubanda districts.

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