Mobilizing Gender for Conflict Prevention: Women’s Situation Rooms

The Women Situation Room was created in West Africa in other to monitor elections, preventing and responding to episodes of violence and instability particularly targeted at women. The article provides a very historical perspective of the Women’s Situation Rooms in the words of the initiators and collaborated by women who built on the initiative. it also focuses on experiences from the field in Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria, and explores the different strategies deployed by the WSR in ending violence.
The article provides the nature of the WSR in the different countries as evidence of its adaptability. The flexible nature of the WSR allows it to be implemented in a different context. The article also provides excellent examples of what is possible when women work together as women leaders and as organizations. In conclusion, the WSR has proven to be a useful mechanism for promoting peace and women’s participation in peace-building and political processes.