FIDA opens Election Observation Center and Online Portal

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The Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya (FIDA) has today opened doors to the Observation Center and Online Portal to address issues affecting women and girls during and after the general elections.

FIDA also unveiled an online portal that will see female gender report their provocation online.

The federation has in the past experienced the cycles in the constitution of Kenya 2010 such as the two-third gender rule.

Speaking during the event, executive director FIDA Kenya Ann Ireri said they have trained over 350 female aspirants to ensure they have the requisite capacity to advance greater participation in elective politics.

“We have recruited, trained, and deployed over 100 Sexual GENDER-BASED Violence across the country in conjunction with the National Police service, pro-bono advocates, health facilities amongst other bodies with the outcome being SGBV is a confirmation that SGBV is still prevalent against women aspirants and supporters,” said Ireri.

She added that they have built a capacity for key essential services including 60 health care providers and 50 pro-bono lawyers.

Nancy Ikinu- Chairperson FIDA Kenya speaking during the unveiling of the election observation center and online portal at their headquarters.

Christabella Naliaka who is the Monitoring and Evaluation Lead FIDA Kenya stated that they have deployed monitors across the 47 counties to report, map, and document incidences of SGBV perpetration against women aspirants, voters, and supporters.

FIDA Kenya chairperson Nancy Ikinu said that they welcome the initiatives  IEBC  has put in place to solve disputes between all stakeholders.

“We remind the IEBC  of the importance of freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and safety for all candidates as well as observers, journalists, human rights defenders, and actors from civil society including women,” she said.

 

 

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