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Disability inclusion agenda in Kenya advancing ahead of the 2022 general election

2021-10-28T09:43:08+00:00October 28th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

In Kenya, political parties are currently making policy adjustments within their parties to put their candidates in prime spots to win next year’s election. Similarly, policy provisions to guide the elections are being put in place by institutions including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties (ORPP), [...]

The extent to which political parties in Kenya are embracing inclusion of persons with disabilities

2021-08-26T13:10:35+00:00August 26th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Sub - Saharan Africa|

Addressing the critical knowledge gaps within political parties to create and promote more disability inclusive political discourse, political commitments, and public policy making is fundamental for strengthening multi-party democracy. This is not a simple task though. It requires, among other things: building strong partnerships; conducting subtle research studies to generate evidence; lobbying political parties, state [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Making the right to vote accessible to all: PWDs observe the parliamentary elections in North Macedonia

2021-04-13T08:14:34+00:00March 18th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The right to vote is unfortunately still not completely accessible to all citizens in North Macedonia. 76 percent of voting stations have stairs and on half of them (49% percent) there are no access ramps. One third of access ramps cannot be used, due to improper inclination and width. These are some of the findings [...]

Including people with disabilities in Kenyan political parties on the road to 2022 elections

2021-03-11T12:15:47+00:00March 11th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties|

Democracy calls for the participation and inclusion of all people. However, persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Kenya face systemic exclusion from mainstream governance. This is despite the requirement by the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 to have PWDs occupy at least 5% of the elective and appointive positions. For instance, only 5 out of the 349 [...]

Impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities in Albania

2021-01-28T08:52:19+00:00January 28th, 2021|Human Rights, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

The Covid-19 pandemic created many health, economic and social difficulties in Albania, where different categories of populations have faced different challenges and problems. According to the Albanian Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), 6.2 % of the Albanian population belongs to the group of people with disabilities (PwD). To better understand how the pandemic crisis has affected [...]