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date: 17 January 2019

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This chapter uses the example of women’s situation rooms (WSR) to illustrate the promises and pitfalls of feminist transnational networks in implementing the WPS agenda. The women’s situation room is a civil society initiative led by women that encourages substantive participation in political processes, specifically election monitoring. The purpose of this chapter is to bridge the normative gap between theoretical and contextual debates around WPS and the state’s responsibility toward its successful implementation. This chapter examines the transnational origins of WSRs and highlights their capacity to act as spaces for the implementation of the WPS agenda. Drawing on specific examples from Nigeria, this chapter demonstrates that the WSR provides a space for women to participate substantively in politics and mediation. I argue that the WSR advances the WPS agenda by employing the knowledge of the African Eminent women within and across state boundaries. Indeed, the WSR facilitates and encourages the sharing of knowledge and expertise among women.

Keywords: women’s situation room, civil society, Nigeria, transnational feminists networks

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