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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 [...]

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 [...]

Women political leaders: Evidence of the impact of gender on democracy

2021-03-25T20:42:20+00:00March 11th, 2021|Events, Women’s Political Leadership|

The 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) focuses on: women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. At this official side event at CSW65, WFD presents a panel [...]

Young women politicians make strides towards equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-03-16T09:17:38+00:00March 5th, 2021|Violence Against Women in Politics, Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

Studies show that women’s political leadership results in better outcomes for women and girls, as well as for society as a whole, and delivers progress in policy areas vital for economic growth and development, such as health, education and infrastructure. Even without these quantifiable dividends, the argument for women’s political empowerment is irrefutable – democracy [...]

WFD and SafeLives Report: Tackling gender-based violence through effective policymaking

2021-02-02T14:38:58+00:00January 6th, 2021|Women’s Political Leadership|

Women’s rights are human rights. However, the legal protection of these rights is not guaranteed in all parts of the world. Even where anti-violence laws do exist, they can be poorly resourced and enforced, inhibiting the rights of women to live free from violence. That's why WFD has worked with SafeLives to produce a report [...]

Advancing democracy in The Gambia through women’s leadership

2020-12-03T12:38:20+00:00December 4th, 2020|Sub - Saharan Africa, Women’s Political Leadership|

Democracy cannot live up to its promise if part of the population is not adequately represented in leadership – be it in politics or in any other aspect of life. Regrettably, women, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and young people are often excluded from leadership in most parts of the world. WFD is working to change this. Most [...]

Supporting women politicians tackling gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2020-11-27T10:51:07+00:00November 27th, 2020|Western Balkans Democracy Initiative, Women’s Political Leadership|

Equal opportunities and equal treatment are key to creating a society free from gender-based violence. WFD’s programmes aim to achieve this by supporting women’s political participation, representation, and entrepreneurship. With more women taking on lead roles in legislative and executive bodies it is easier to make way for legal acts, not to mention a change [...]