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Indonesia leads the way on parliamentary commitment to openness in Asia

2019-04-18T14:06:12+00:00April 17th, 2019|Asia, Burma, Indonesia, Open Parliament, Pakistan, Sri Lanka|

As election day in Indonesia comes to an end, will the appointment of over 20,000 new legislators make its parliament more open and transparent? Indonesia is the world’s third largest democracy and 192 million voters are going to the polls today. That is why, as in any democracy, it is important to have an open [...]

Getting more Bosnian women into politics

2019-04-05T14:54:38+00:00April 5th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Women’s Political Leadership|

Equality between women and men is clearly enshrined in Bosnia and Herzegovina's constitution and yet, gender inequality persists in all spheres of society. Women are under-represented in political life, particularly in high-ranking positions and elected offices. Despite the obligatory 40% gender quotas for election lists, women’s actual representation remains low in all levels of [...]

UK parliamentary group calls to end violence against women in politics

2019-04-11T16:37:11+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

Women’s political leadership improves societies around the world – raising economic productivity, reducing child and maternal mortality, and increasing opportunities for education and better health. Despite these benefits women face multiple barriers in politics, including violence. On 26 March, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Democracy in the World, a cross-party group of MPs and [...]

SNP support for cross-party women MPs in Malawi

2019-03-28T12:51:12+00:00March 28th, 2019|Political Parties, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

Scotland and Malawi have one of the strongest people to people links in the world, with 46% of Scots able to name a friend or family member with a connection to Malawi. This historic partnership and the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) positive experience of women in leadership meant supporting the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus of Malawi [...]

First women’s leadership training for African Liberal parties

2019-03-28T11:45:35+00:00March 8th, 2019|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

Progress is being made globally to increase the number of women in political leadership positions. Political parties can play a fundamental role supporting more women to get in to politics. WFD’s multi-party office, the Liberal Democrats and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom organised the inaugural Women’s Leadership Programme of the Africa Liberal Network on [...]

Uganda Speaker backs cutting costs for youth entering politics

2019-04-12T10:59:22+00:00March 6th, 2019|Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, 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

2019-02-27T16:27:57+00:00February 27th, 2019|Asia, 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 [...]

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