Welcome to Bridge a course in electoral processes

BRIDGE stands for Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections. It is a modular professional development
program with a particular focus on electoral processes. BRIDGE represents a unique initiative where five leading
organisations in the democracy and governance field have jointly committed to developing, implementing and
maintaining the most comprehensive curriculum and workshop package available, designed to be used as a tool
within a broader capacity development framework.


BRIDGE Gender and Access Workshop, Paraguay Feb 2018

BRIDGE Gender and Access Workshop, Paraguay Feb 2018

A BRIDGE Train the Facilitator (TtF) workshop was held in Asuncion, Paraguay, from 8 to 21... read more

Gender and Elections BRIDGE course in Nigeria

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, Nigeria) in collaboration with the European... read more

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center Conducts Electoral Systems Workshop

IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center Conducts Electoral Systems Workshop

IFES Ukraine in cooperation with the joint IFES-Central Election Commission (CEC) Administrative... read more

Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

BRIDGE Media and Elections Module Workshops held in 3 Regions in Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo,... read more

UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

a three-day BRIDGE workshop, from 13th to 15th December 2017 read more

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

Promoviendo procesos electorales inclusivos en Paraguay read more

Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

Apoyando la igualdad de género en Paraguay a través de la administración electoral read more

  • BRIDGE Gender and Access Workshop, Paraguay Feb 2018

    BRIDGE Gender and Access Workshop, Paraguay Feb 2018

    Friday, 06 April 2018 06:04
  • Gender and Elections BRIDGE course in Nigeria

    Friday, 06 April 2018 03:12
  • IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center Conducts Electoral Systems Workshop

    IFES-CEC Ukraine Training Center Conducts Electoral...

    Monday, 19 March 2018 22:09
  • Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

    Media and Elections Workshops in Zimbabwe

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018 01:03
  • Ukraine conducts workshop on Electoral Technology

    Ukraine conducts workshop on Electoral Technology

    Wednesday, 14 February 2018 02:56
  • PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

    PIANZEA BRIDGE workshop on Strategic Planning

    Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:42
  • IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at the IFES-CEC Training Center in Kyiv, Ukraine

    IFES conducted a BRIDGE workshop on electoral training at...

    Tuesday, 13 February 2018 03:45
  • UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute Resolution in Luanda

    UNDP Funded BRIDGE Workshop on Electoral Dispute...

    Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:47
  • Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

    Promoting inclusive electoral processes in Paraguay

    Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:18
  • Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive electoral management

    Supporting gender equality in Paraguay through inclusive...

    Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:14
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Gender and Elections BRIDGE course in Nigeria

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, Nigeria) in collaboration with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) conducted a customized five-day workshop on Gender and Elections using the BRIDGE curriculum at BWC Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria from 19th to 23rd March, 2018.

The program had in attendance thirty (30) participants (out of which 2 were male and 28 were female). While about 20 of the participants were Gender Desk officers drawn from various States of Nigeria, the others were departmental Gender focal officers at the INEC Headquarters, Abuja. The oldest Gender Desk officer had spent five (5) years on the Desk and the youngest had just spent one (1) week before coming to the Workshop.

The workshop was held in English language (Nigeria’s official language) and was led by one (1) international facilitator, Mrs. Rindai Chipfund Vava (an accrediting facilitator from Zimbabwe) and two local fully accredited facilitators: Mr. Chukwuemeka Ugboaja and Bar. (Mrs.) Nkechi B. Abuh.

The aim of the workshop was to build the capacity of participants on issues of Gender mainstreaming and enable them work towards achieving gender balance and access to all cadres of Staff of the Commission, as well as providing strategic platforms for engendering a more inclusive political participation across the Country. They were also equipped with the skills of reaching different strata of their target audience (mostly the women who are presently marginalised in Nigeria). The workshop particularly engaged participants on the following sessions: Democracy and Human Rights and potential gender issues in elections; Sex and Gender; Gender and Elections; International Standards and principles, Barriers women face in accessing electoral processes; strategies for enhancing women’s participation in elections, Nigerian Legal Framework (assessing provisions on gender balance); Electoral systems, Voter Registration systems and obstacles Gender and Electoral related violence, Women voting and media issues, media images and unequal access to media; working with stakeholders to deliver voter outreach etc.

Workshop was very interactive and facilitators actively engaged participants through the five days. Other methods used were lectures, practical exercises, brainstorming at group sessions and presentations, these were all geared towards increasing participants’ knowledge and skills on Gender and elections.

During the practical group sessions, participants analysed the Nigerian legal provisions as well as the INEC Gender policy and other themes, brought out what gaps existed and the way forward. They also came up with strategies and measures of better reach to women in order to encourage them to participate in the electoral process.

In fact all sessions had participants practically bringing out barriers to gender balance and seeking out the way forward. On the final day, participants had the opportunity to try themselves on Voter education – women and elections during the “Make it happen” session, and developed their skills on Determining key messages and delivery methods.

The ultimate goal of the Workshop was to train the Gender Desk officers as well as the departmental focal officers on Gender mainstreaming in the Commission and the larger political space so that they will be equipped with the relevant skills of reaching women and encouraging them to come forward and participate in the electoral process, especially as the country prepares towards its next General Elections holding between February and March 2019.

Nkechi B. Abuh                                                    Ugboaja Chukwuemeka Facilitator, INEC Nigeria                                               Facilitator, INEC Nigeria

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