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The Commonwealth: Advancing inclusive societies for LGBT+ people in Asia

2020-03-03T14:15:55+00:00February 27th, 2020|CP4D, Democracy Matters, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership|

by Paul Dillane, David Davies of Llandinam Fellow in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Across the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people face widespread discrimination and violence. More than a third of countries criminalise consensual adult same-sex relations.I In many countries, transgender people face extreme violence, not to [...]

International Day of Democracy 2019

2020-01-06T09:28:35+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. The day is also a great opportunity for us to reflect on our programmes to support participation, which is the theme of this year’s Democracy Day.

Activists call for more women in leadership positions at Commonwealth summit

2019-09-02T15:04:27+00:00August 12th, 2019|CP4D, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 6-7 August, political party and community leaders from Ghana and 14 Commonwealth countries met in Ghana to discuss ways to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions. Having more women political leaders is important as governments and parliaments should be representative of the society they serve. But research shows it also helps deliver better [...]

A growing global gap on good governance?

2019-07-25T10:29:48+00:00July 18th, 2019|Civil Society Space, CP4D, Democracy Matters|

Alex Thier reflects on the importance of democratic governance for sustainable development following the High Level Political Forum in New York.    Sitting in the grand halls of the United Nations this week, I am struck by a dangerous dichotomy. Lip service is paid (rightly and repeatedly) to the principles of inclusive, accountable governance, [...]

Westminster Foundation for Democracy celebrates achievements at annual reception

2019-07-08T16:22:42+00:00July 8th, 2019|Parliamentary, Political Parties, Political party, UK Political Parties international programmes|

On 3 July 2019, WFD hosted their annual reception in Parliament to celebrate their achievements over the last year, after holding a roundtable on youth representation in East Africa. The reception brought together over 120 guests including parliamentarians, civil servants and experts on democracy and international development. Among the guest speakers was Secretary of [...]

Young people should be better represented, Kenyan activist tells UK Parliament

2019-07-08T15:23:34+00:00July 8th, 2019|CP4D, Democracy in the World (APPG), Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of the Kenyan population is 19 years; in Uganda it’s just under 16 years. Yet young people in East Africa are severely underrepresented in politics. This is an issue which has inspired David Momanyi, an experienced youth activist from Kenya who is striving to ensure that all young people can have [...]

Advancing inclusive democracy in The Gambia

2019-06-28T12:56:14+00:00June 24th, 2019|CP4D|

Following the end of President Yahya Jammeh’s undemocratic rule in The Gambia in 2016, citizens are increasingly supportive of efforts to make Gambian democracy more resilient, inclusive and accountable. Tina Fahm, WFD Associate, Commissioner at the Independent Commission for Aid Impact and an LSE Lay Governor, explains how WFD’s Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy is [...]

Uganda Speaker backs cutting costs for youth entering politics

2019-05-21T13:45:31+00:00March 6th, 2019|CP4D, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over 200 participants from more than 10 countries in Africa called for increased youth participation in politics at landmark Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) conference, hosted by the Parliament of Uganda on 4-5 March. High entry costs are a big barrier to youth participation and the Speaker of Uganda, Rebecca Kadega, committed to asking parliament to [...]

Malaysian Parliament renews commitment to women’s rights

2020-04-02T13:13:42+00:00February 27th, 2019|CP4D, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 18-19 February, the Malaysian Parliament held the Women’s Political Leadership conference in Kuala Lumpur. The #WomenWhoLead summit brought together political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the Commonwealth to share inspiration and insights around the myths that prevent us from creating positive change for women’s rights. Co-hosted with the Westminster Foundation [...]