Elections

In collaboration with the Arab Women Organization (AWO), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) have developed a template guiding election observation from a gender perspective in the Arab region.

The template provides resources to facilitate the tasks of election observers in a way that contributes to preparing sound and thoroughly integrated reports on election monitoring from a gender perspective.

Following an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of The Gambia, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Thematic Election Expert Observation Mission (TEEOM) commenced work on 31 October 2021.

The mission’s focus was on the rights and opportunities of women, youth, persons with disabilities and other underrepresented groups to participate in the electoral process. It also assessed media freedoms, the role of the media and online coverage of the election campaign.

Following an invitation from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the WFD Thematic Election Expert Observation Mission (TEEOM) commenced work on 31 October 2021 and will continue to follow the process until 20 December 2021. The mission’s primary focus was on the rights and opportunities of women, youth, persons with disabilities and other underrepresented groups to participate in the electoral process. It also assessed media and online coverage of the election campaign.

The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted and worsened a range of vulnerabilities and inequalities across the globe. Epidemic diseases are nothing new, in fact they have broken out periodically throughout human history. COVID-19 is not the first and certainly will not be the last pandemic the world has to face.  Therefore, it is important that we plan ahead in order to ensure greater preparedness for the next outbreak. As the old saying goes, when we fail to prepare, we prepare to fail.