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Women and media coverage in the Albanian 2021 election campaigns

2021-06-10T13:21:29+00:00June 10th, 2021|Elections, Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The election campaigns during the parliamentary elections of 25 April, 2021 in Albania, were quite dynamic and with a noticeable increase in the number of female MP candidates. However, these figures did not translate into higher representation of women in the media contents. The audio-visual media during the last parliamentary elections continued to have gaps [...]

Women in political programmes during the 2021 parliamentary elections in Albania

2021-05-21T19:30:36+00:00May 21st, 2021|Elections, Parliamentary, Women MPs of the World|

The programmes of political parties are of utmost importance, especially in the pre-election period. For this reason, identifying and addressing issues that improve the citizens' quality of life, with emphasis on the disadvantaged social groups, ought to be an important part of an electoral force's political offer. To better understand the challenges of political parties [...]

WFD campaign empowers women in elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-05-11T07:18:49+00:00May 11th, 2021|Elections, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

The Constitution and legal system of Bosnia and Herzegovina stipulate equality between women and men. However, gender inequalities are found across all social domains. Women are still underrepresented in politics, and particularly so in top positions and elected offices. When a country has a higher representation of women in politics, the effects are multi-fold, resulting [...]

Albania: National security and the protection of human rights during emergency situations

2021-04-27T09:15:32+00:00April 27th, 2021|Human Rights, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

Last year, many countries were faced with COVID-19 pandemic that provoked serious emergency health and national crises. Managing the pandemic and its consequences has been the most important task of the governments across the globe.  Most countries implemented temporary measures of quarantine that limited certain human rights. In particular, the freedom of movement and assembly [...]

2021 advanced course on post-legislative scrutiny

2021-04-19T15:00:49+00:00April 19th, 2021|Events, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) are happy to announce the launch of the Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny.  What is Post-Legislative Scrutiny? Post-legislative scrutiny, or simply PLS, is the practice used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of legislation, ensuring laws benefit constituents [...]

PLS in the Western Balkans Parliaments

2021-04-13T08:08:29+00:00April 13th, 2021|Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

Parliaments in the Western Balkans are often seen as solely legislative bodies since they mainly focus on debates and legislation adoption.  Oversight is often limited to budget oversight and very little effort is put into organising effective oversight over the law implementation processes. Recently, parliaments in the Western Balkan region have been introduced to the [...]

Young people losing their position in Albania’s upcoming elections

2021-04-08T15:26:20+00:00April 4th, 2021|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

WFD in Albania aims to improve the participation of young people in the political life in the country through supporting the efforts of youth wigs of main political parties. To gain a better understanding of their position in the upcoming elections of Aril 2021, our office in Tirana supported the organization Qëndresa Qyterare (Civic Resistance) [...]

Giving silence a voice – WFD North Macedonia

2021-03-30T08:07:55+00:00March 29th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The ability to speak your mind in a public or social matter should not be a privilege. We like to think that getting involved in local or even national politics is an option for those willing to contribute and help improve life in their community. Until recently, however, this was not a possibility within reach for Ljubisha Saveski, a 40-year-old father and fashion designer [...]