UNDP Regional Service for Africa arranged a five days online BRIDGE regional workshop on Gender Equality and Elections for relevant electoral stakeholders including National Electoral Management Bodies, CSOs and key UNDP Staff to build their capacities in the area of gender equality and elections. In total 24 participants (7 men, 17 women) from Ethiopia Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Sudan, The Gambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe attended the workshop attended the workshop. The workshop was led by BRIDGE facilitator Natia Kashakashvili.
The workshop was held using Zoom platform from 14th to 18th September 2020. Each workshop day lasted 5-6 hours, taking into consideration the different time-zones that participants were getting online from.
The overall objective of the training was to enhance the capacity of the key national stakeholders involved in elections to better integrate gender mainstreaming in their election cycle and promote an inclusive elections process; it is expected that participants will adapt their experiences to the national context. The training also provided an opportunity for exchanging of ideas and best practices between member states and serve as a platform to establish and expand a pool of experts and community of practice in the area of gender and election.
During the workshop, participants have learned and gained knowledge about mainstreaming gender equality throughout the electoral cycle; also, they have analyzed various obstacles that are faced by women as voters, candidates and as election officials. Participants were also explained the impact of Electoral Systems on women representation and the importance of designing quota wisely.
During the workshop, several online tools were used to guarantee interactive character of BRIDGE workshop.
At the end of the workshop, participants were granted electronic Certificates.