Women and Elections Consultation

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Women and Elections Consultation

November 11, 2019 - November 13, 2019

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WOMEN & POLITICS WORKSHOP Adopted from the BRIDGE Training Resources Materials TOPIC : WOMEN & ELECTION 1. Introduction: Democracy, Gender and Women’s Participation Key Understanding: 1. As a result of historical, cultural and other factors, women have not yet achieved equality in most societies, including equality in the electoral process. 2. Human Rights are for everybody; women and men are entitled to equal rights and to equal access to the electoral system. 3. Even if women and men have equal legal rights in regard to election, specific practices in a country may discriminate against or work to the disadvantage of women. Learning Outcomes: 1. The ability to identify how women’s inequality in society can affect women’s participation in elections 2. The ability to appreciate why women must have the same opportunities as men to participate in all aspects of the electoral process if elections are to be truly free and fair 3. The ability to identify obstacles to registration and particular of women as voters 4. The ability to identify obstacles to registration and participation of women as candidates 1 (b) Democracy, Governance and Human Rights KU 1 from above & its LO 1from above Activity: Write on the board; “comment 23 on Article 7 of CEDAW) “SOCIETIES IN WHICH WOMEN ARE EFFECTIVELY EXCLUDED FROM DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES CANNOT BE CONSIDERED DEMOCRACTIC” Brainstorm together or divide the participants in group and ask them the following question 1. What to do they feel about the above statement? 2. How can they work to ensure the inclusion of women in democratic processes? 2. International Agreements KU 2 as in the introduction Learning Outcome: The ability to identify the key international legal documents and human rights standards relating to non-discrimination and women’s rights. Make the point: There are number of International Agreements and negotiations which set the parameter in which to work on gender issues. Attention to these issues is an obligation for signatories to international agreements. One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) No.5 is ‘promoting gender equality and empowering women’. Activity: • Ask the participants what international agreements and processes related to gender and women they know about. If not immediately forthcoming, prompt mention of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 2 principal human rights treaties- the ICCPR and the ICESCR. • Ask the participants if their country is a signatory to CEDAW 3. Women in the Political World Key Understanding 2: Human Rights are for everybody; women and men are entitled to equal rights and to equal access to the electoral system. Learning outcome: The ability to recognize that electoral rights for women mean more than voting, but extend to being candidates, elected officials, political party members and activists, NGO Activists, election administrators and all other aspects of the election process. Make the Point: When it comes to women in the political world, a look at the hard numbers, as provided by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), provides insight into the under-representation that is still a reality today, despite international agreements and other initiatives. 4. Drawing a Concept Map KU 2 Learning Outcome: The ability to appreciate why women must have the same opportunities as men to participate in all aspects of the electoral process if elections are to be truly free and fair. Activity is a group discussion. Make the Point: For elections to be truly free and fair, women must have the same opportunities as men to participate in all aspects of the electoral process.

MICNGOS is going to be engaged in the coming elections in 2 x activities and these would be in the areas of:
1. A 1 x day workshop to revisit women’s preparation in the coming General Elections – Women and Elections. This will be taken form the BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracies, Governance and Elections) Curriculum for which MICNGOS is a trainer
We are planning on running 3 x 1 x day workshops in Rita, Delap and Laura for Women’s representatives who will go back and consult with their women’s groups
2. CSO Electoral Observers Nov 18th 2019 General Elections. PIFS is not sending any CSO observers with the 2 Govt rep PIFS observers to the 2019 general elections and have asked that MICNGOS fills in the gap locally
A workshop for both activities is being planned on the dates: Activity 1 – 11, 12, 13 November: 2. Activity 2: Thursday 14th November


November 11, 2019
November 13, 2019


Laitia Tamata


Name of your organisation
Laitia Tamata Director MICNGOs (MARHSALL ISLANDS COUNCIL OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS) P.O. Box 1453 Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960, Telephone: (+692) 625-6123; Cell Phone (+692) 458 7385 Face Book: www.facebook.com/micngos Website: www.micngo.com
Job Title
Telephone Number
Cell Phone (+692) 458 7385
Are any of the BRIDGE Partner organisations involved in the event or program?
Identify the EMB(s) involved in the event.
Government of the RMI
What organisation(s) are funding the event?
Marshall Islands Council of Non-Governmental Organizations (MICNGOS)
At what period in the host country’s electoral cycle will this workshop be run?
Electoral Period
What is the city or area called where the event is being conducted?
MIR Delap
Identify the audience if it is not in the above question
Women Leaders in Majuro
What are the expected outcomes of this workshop?
Preparation for Electoral Event, To develop a support network for stakeholders in electoral processes
Provide a description or background information about the workshop
To remind women about their commitment, unity and solidarity as a marginalised group in democracies
Describe the purpose of the workshop
Pre-Election Review and preparation
Identify any likely risks or challenges for the workshop
Climate challenges, Lack of support from participants' organisations
What are the other challenges or risks tfor the event?
Woen and MICNGOS being intimidated by the male candidates
Identify where the issue of gender will be addressed in the workshop
Participant selection criteria, Content and activity selection, Cross cutting themes
What other ways are you ensuring gender is mainstreamed in developing and implementing the training?
Participants will be mainly women
What language(s) will the workshop be conducted in?


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