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Putting Youth and Women at the forefront of influencing the Ugandan Parliament’s legislative agenda

2019-11-06T09:38:30+00:00November 5th, 2019|Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Over the past 16 months, WFD has worked with MPs in Uganda to build their capacity to engage with their respective stakeholders and generate momentum to influence Parliament’s agenda in favour of the advancement of women and youth in Uganda.

Getting Better Rights for Women Workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-09-16T15:31:33+00:00September 16th, 2019|Bosnia, Europe, Women’s Political Leadership|

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, workers in the private sector are mostly underpaid, their employment status is often not regulated enough, and they are paid their salaries in illegal ways, which means they get fewer pension benefits. What is more, employers often violate or deny their employees’ labour rights. This means that workers worry that [...]

Activists call for more women in leadership positions at Commonwealth summit

2019-09-02T15:04:27+00:00August 12th, 2019|CP4D, Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 6-7 August, political party and community leaders from Ghana and 14 Commonwealth countries met in Ghana to discuss ways to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions. Having more women political leaders is important as governments and parliaments should be representative of the society they serve. But research shows it also helps deliver better [...]

Violence against women in politics affects more than 60% in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-11-15T14:28:18+00:00July 26th, 2019|Bosnia, Western Balkans, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

Almost 50 per cent of women over the age of 15 in Bosnia and Herzegovina have experienced some form of violence. Numbers relating to violence against politically active women are harder to come by. As part of a three-year programme (2018–2021), Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) prepared a landmark survey – the first dedicated [...]

It’s not (only) about the numbers: how to amplify the voices of women in politics

2019-06-27T11:08:46+00:00June 27th, 2019|Democracy Matters, Norms and Standards, Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

Dr Susan Dodsworth and Professor Nic Cheeseman  Across the world activists are working hard to get more women in politics. Their degree of success has varied. In Kenya, for example, women now make up almost 22% of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. This represents a significant improvement compared to 2010, when women [...]

Getting more Bosnian women into politics

2019-04-29T15:35:39+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 [...]