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Climate change action: supporting parliamentarians in Sub-Saharan Africa to prepare for COP26

2021-07-28T12:13:52+00:00July 28th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time: temperatures are rising, drought and wildfires are occurring more frequently, rainfall patterns are shifting, glaciers are melting, and sea levels are rising. To mitigate this, huge changes at all levels of society, politics and businesses are required. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the [...]

Two crucial gender equality bills passed in Uganda after years of stalling

2021-07-06T15:15:46+00:00June 25th, 2021|CEP, Human Rights, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The general principle of equality and non-discrimination is a fundamental element of international human rights law. Creating an enabling environment in which decision-makers and civil society actors can advance equality is important in promoting inclusion in society. Unfortunately, this remains a challenge in many parts of the world. In Uganda, women, girls, and members of the LGBT+ community are [...]

Progress being made by political parties in Kenya to promote inclusion and other opportunities

2021-06-25T09:27:59+00:00June 25th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Despite the Kenyan population comprising of up to 2.2% (0.9 million) persons with disabilities (PWDs), the number of those who hold leadership positions within political parties remains significantly low. This is however gradually changing. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), through its Kenya Inclusive Political Parties (KIPP) programme funded by Demo Finland, has seen tremendous efforts [...]

Connecting with constituents? Parliamentary aspirants’ use of WhatsApp in Uganda’s 2021 ‘scientific’ election

2021-06-16T10:33:55+00:00June 16th, 2021|Elections, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Uganda held general elections on 14 January 2021. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electoral Commission (EC) announced that these should be ‘scientific elections’ and adopted social distancing measures. In effect, this led to the curtailing of public rallies and in-person campaigning. Political parties and candidates were forced to rely heavily on newspapers, radio, and television [...]

Tackling violence against women and girls in Oyo state, Nigeria

2021-07-06T15:18:40+00:00June 11th, 2021|CEP, Human Rights, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an upsurge of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) cases worldwide. In Nigeria, the May 2020 UN brief revealed that reported domestic violence cases in three states under total lockdown – Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) – saw a 297% increase from 60 to 238 between March and [...]

Improving the Sierra Leone Parliament’s access to crucial gender-sensitive data

2021-01-04T17:39:05+00:00January 4th, 2021|Parliamentary, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic requires consolidated efforts from all fronts. As democratic representatives of the people, parliaments have the key responsibility of examining policies and their impact on citizens. This is essential in times of a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, WFD launched a project focused on supporting the Parliament of Sierra Leone by improving its access to crucial gender-sensitive data during the pandemic.  Gendered statistics are fundamental in understanding how COVID-19 affects different groups in society. For example: are pregnant women able to seek [...]

Open parliament: Sierra Leone’s national assembly committed to transparency for all citizens

2021-01-19T11:44:11+00:00December 18th, 2020|Open Parliament, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Openness and transparency are key ingredients of democratic governance. The two promote accountability and trust, which are necessary for the functioning of democracies. WFD recently held a two-day virtual study tour in Sierra Leone to support the country’s Parliament in its commitment to be an open and transparent institution for all citizens. Sierra Leone as [...]

Learning from Gambia’s COVID-19 response and its impact on marginalized groups

2021-01-19T12:00:57+00:00December 14th, 2020|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Sub - Saharan Africa|

The Gambian Government rolled out a range of measures, from lockdowns to humanitarian relief packages, in response to COVID-19 once the first case was confirmed in the country in March 2020. But how has the implementation of the nation's COVID-19 response impacted the lives and livelihoods of the more vulnerable people in The Gambia, specifically [...]

Advancing democracy in The Gambia through women’s leadership

2020-12-03T12:38:20+00:00December 4th, 2020|Sub - Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

Democracy cannot live up to its promise if part of the population is not adequately represented in leadership – be it in politics or in any other aspect of life. Regrettably, women, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and young people are often excluded from leadership in most parts of the world. WFD is working to change this. Most [...]