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 [...]

Stronger democratic process in Kenya to tackle climate change

2021-05-11T12:02:06+00:00May 5th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Sub - Saharan Africa|

There is a clear relationship between action to address climate and environmental crises and action to strengthen democracy. Strong environmental governance and rule of law is crucial to supporting sustainable development as well as inclusive democratic governance. In December 2015, 196 parties to the UNFCCC reached an agreement to combat climate change – one of the [...]

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 [...]

Rethinking strategies for an effective parliamentary role in combatting corruption

2021-04-27T14:33:12+00:00April 20th, 2021|Financial oversight|

Corruption is an aspect of poor governance which negatively affects a country’s economic development as well as the effective provision of public services in society. As the awareness of the detrimental effects of corruption on development has grown, strategies to fight it are now a priority in international development and policy circles. To date, however, [...]

Legal changes could break policy barriers to including people with disabilities in Kenyan politics

2021-04-20T13:55:32+00:00April 19th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties|

The inclusive participation and representation of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in political parties and processes has not been fully achieved in Kenya. Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), in partnership with Demo Finland, have been working with 12 political parties and 15 disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the East African Country [...]

Post-legislative scrutiny of climate and environment legislation: Guide for parliamentary practice

2021-04-08T14:45:53+00:00April 8th, 2021|Environmental democracy, Parliaments, Post-Legislative Scrutiny|

This guide for parliamentary practice outlines an approach to assessing the implementation and the impact of climate and environmental legislation at national level. Download Post-legislative scrunity of climate and environment legislation: Guide for parliamentary practice Summary of the guide Parliaments have a key role in responding to the clear, present danger posed by current rates [...]

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 [...]

Five ways policymakers and political parties can nurture women leaders

2021-04-01T13:50:47+00:00March 29th, 2021|Women’s Political Leadership|

New research from Westminster Foundation for Democracy sheds light on women’s motivations for getting into formal politics: many women emphasise a desire to make a positive difference to the world. What is more, their decisions to embark on a career in politics are also shaped by exposure to political issues, as well as their experiences. [...]

Women’s political careers: where do leaders come from?

2021-03-23T16:47:32+00:00March 25th, 2021|Women’s Political Leadership|

Women’s political leadership is important for ensuring that women’s perspectives and experiences are included in political decision-making. Over the past 25 years, the overall percentage of women in parliaments has more than doubled, however the pace of progress has slowed in the past five years and women still make up less than a quarter of [...]