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.
On 8th of October 2019, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy launched the HUGEN project. HUGEN stands for human rights and gender network. The project aims to support Western Balkans parliaments in reaching international standards for human rights and gender equality.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]