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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

WFD in Serbia helps political parties improve their digital communication

2021-02-18T10:24:32+00:00December 28th, 2020|Political Parties, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative|

WFD in Serbia promoted its new ''Guide to Digital Political Communication'' which provides instructions on the different modes of digital communication for the content that political parties produce, aiming to help them improve their communication with the younger population. A short video was also created to depict how vital it is to learn the digital [...]

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

2021-08-20T13:02:10+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 [...]

Transitioning to peace in a pandemic

2020-11-17T11:02:11+00:00November 11th, 2020|Parliaments, Political Parties, Women’s Political Leadership|

If COVID-19 hit some of the world’s ‘old democracies’ hard, how about its impact on a fledgling, transitional authority emerging from decades of violent conflict? The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Mindanao, a new devolved administration in the Southern Philippines, was one year into a complex transition period when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Following [...]

Sexual and gender equality: moving beyond myths and fears in policy discussions

2020-09-09T07:50:59+00:00September 9th, 2020|Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Parliaments, Political Parties|

This briefing for parliamentarians and policymakers is a resource for informed parliamentary debates on sexual and gender equality. It provides an overview of terminology around LGBT+ persons and their rights. It addresses common myths and arguments used by policymakers and in parliamentary equality debates to maintain the status quo when it comes to criminalisation, access [...]