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Putting gender equality at the centre of reviewing laws in Morocco

2019-02-15T09:47:42+00:00February 13th, 2019|Morocco, Women’s Political Leadership|

How can parliaments ensure that laws they adopt have a positive impact on women’s lives? This question was at the centre of WFD’s seminar on reviewing legislation with regards to gender equality, organised in partnership with the House of Representatives of Morocco on 6-7 February. The seminar brought together MPs, parliamentary staff, and experts [...]

Gender equality top of the agenda as Lebanese lawmakers visit UK

2019-02-04T17:13:05+00:00January 31st, 2019|Democracy in the World (APPG), Lebanon, Women’s Political Leadership|

There are only six women lawmakers in the 128-seat Lebanese parliament. Nine months after the election, WFD supported four of them on a visit to the UK, to help them in their push for greater gender equality. Inaya Ezzeddine, Dima Jamali, Rola Tabsh Jaroudi and Paula Yaacoubian have very different backgrounds, ranging from Shia to [...]

Jordanian MP fighting for women’s rights speaks to UK Parliament

2019-02-04T17:12:31+00:00December 7th, 2018|Democracy in the World (APPG), Iraq, Jordan, Women’s Political Leadership|

Wafaa Bani Mustafa is one of just 20 women in Jordan's House of Representatives – luckily, she is a fighter. She was the first MP to propose an end to a controversial rape law in Jordan, which was later repealed, and she continues to champion women’s rights across the Arab region. Speaking at the [...]

Parliaments in action at the Open Government Partnership Summit

2018-07-31T12:02:14+00:00July 31st, 2018|Georgia, Morocco, Open Parliament|

On 17 July, WFD supported the organisation of the Parliament Day at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Tblisi, Georgia, where 300 representatives from parliaments, civil society and international organizations met to agree a way forward in developing open parliament commitments and innovative practices. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer shows an all-time low in [...]

Women MPs from Arab Countries review efforts to end gender violence

2018-08-08T14:20:31+00:00November 30th, 2017|Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, MENA, Morocco, Tunisia, Women’s Political Leadership|

Representatives from 13 Arab countries, the Tunisian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood, and the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries Combating Violence Against Women gathered in Tunis for a two-day summit on 16 and 17 November. The summit, supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), took stock of recent progress made in Tunisia and Lebanon [...]

Kurdistan Regional Government unveils inclusive anti-corruption strategy

2018-04-10T11:25:17+00:00April 26th, 2017|Iraq, MENA|

Corruption is a significant and persistent challenge in Iraq. Transparency International's corruption perceptions index puts Iraq 166th out of 175 countries, indicating a huge need to improve public sector financial management and tackle corruption. The security challenges that Iraq faces, including the threat of ISIS, have contributed to challenges to the nature and make-up of [...]

WFD and Moroccan House of Councillors partner on climate change and SDGs

2018-07-20T08:07:42+00:00January 26th, 2017|Morocco, Parliamentary, Uncategorized|

On 26 January 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the House of Councillors of the Moroccan Parliament during a conference on climate change legislation. The partnership agreement sets out a framework for cooperation between WFD and the House of Councillors of Morocco between 2017 and 2020. It outlines [...]

Tunisian Parliament saves 70m Dinars from review of sugar subsidies

2018-07-27T12:23:27+00:00January 24th, 2017|Financial oversight, MENA, Tunisia|

The Tunisian Committee responsible for oversight of public expenditure highlighted the unnecessary provision of sugar subsidies to industry as a result of one of its first enquiries. Members of the Committee used information supplied by the Tunisian Court of Audit to successfully argue for an end to sugar subsidies for corporations. The resulting policy change [...]

Development Effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals

2018-04-10T10:59:52+00:00September 5th, 2016|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Laos, Morocco, Sri Lanka|

From alleviating extreme poverty to reducing the impact of climate change for future generations, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) – agreed by world leaders last September – comprise a broad and challenging set of commitments for all states. Steps must now be taken to ensure that the goals are implemented by 2030. But what role [...]