Gender Concerns International, as a signatory to the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation (DoP), joined other leading election observation organizations in London to examine the current trends and issues faced by international election observers. The 2018 meeting took place on the 29th and 30th of November, hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat at the Marlborough House. Director Sabra Bano, contributed to the special session, “Guiding Principles on Gender Considerations in International Election Observation”, dedicated to establishing a consensus on gender considerations in international election observation missions. During the session Ms Bano had the opportunity to emphasize, in front of the distinguished DoP audience, the importance of incorporating a gender dimension to international election observation. The session paid particular attention to the guidelines designed to assist DoP endorsees with integrating a gender perspective into their missions.
Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation provides the foundations for the credible and impartial election observation missions. The Declaration was adopted after a lengthy negotiations between more than 20 intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations from around the world. The final outline of the declaration has been honoured at the UN on 27th October 2005, and so far has been endorsed by 55 organizations.