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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 [...]

Advancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Kenyan political parties

2021-04-12T11:35:14+00:00January 13th, 2021|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties|

Kenya is heading for a general election in August 2022. With the vote slightly over a year and a half away, persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Kenyan political parties face systemic exclusion. This presents a big challenge with respect to promoting the rights of PWDs as entrenched in the international legal instruments as well 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 [...]

Persons with Disabilities in Kenyan Political Parties face systemic exclusion, new research finds

2020-12-15T09:53:42+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Political Parties, Research|

The World Report on Disability (2011) estimates that more than one billion people – about 15% of the world's population – experience some form of disability. In Kenya, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, 2.2% of the population (0.9 million people) over the age of five live with some form of disability. The statistics show [...]