On Thursday 3 December, the Women's Forum of the Francophone Electoral Skills Network (RECEF) offered an online training, entitled “Developing an internal gender policy in an Electoral Management Body: why and how? ".
Offered through a partnership with the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), the training addressed how EMBs can promote gender equality in their internal structure. This subject had been identified by the members of RECEF as a priority to be included in the action plan of the Women's Forum.
The trainers were Eva Palmans, Director of ECES Programmes and Adina Borcan, Trainer and Senior Election Expert at ECES. The interventions of the trainers were supplemented by the sharing of experience of Joëlle Milquet, President of the Strategic Council of ECES, former Deputy Prime Minister and Belgian Senior Official.
The training saw the participation of 13 EMBs (Benin, Burundi, Canada, Comoros, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Quebec, Romania, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia) of the 32 EMBs members of RECEF, 4 international organisations and an overall of 35 participants. It gave rise to enriching exchanges on existing practices and on avenues for action and potential collaborations in terms of support and advice through the Women's Forum and with the support of ECES.