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Breaking down gendered power norms during the pandemic and beyond

2020-03-31T16:22:01+00:00April 1st, 2020|Democracy Matters, Women’s Political Leadership|

There is a lot about the current situation with COVID-19 that is frightening and unknowable. However, there are also some extraordinary opportunities to do things differently – and do them better. There are some things that those involved in systems of governance can do to transform the current emergency into an opportunity to restructure gendered power norms and create healthier, more vibrant societies and communities.

Inclusion and accountability should be high on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth partnership says

2020-03-03T16:29:16+00:00March 4th, 2020|Citizen engagement, CP4D, Democracy and Governance, Financial oversight, Human Rights, LGBT+ Political and Policy Leadership, Open Parliament, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

Commonwealth organisations are hosting a three-day conference in London which begins today (4 March) which aims to put inclusion and accountability high on the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda in June 2020. Over the last two years the UK Government has helped advance inclusion and accountability across the Commonwealth [...]

Getting Better Rights for Women Workers in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2019-09-16T15:31:33+00:00September 16th, 2019|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 [...]

International Day of Democracy 2019

2020-01-06T09:28:35+00:00September 15th, 2019|Democracy and Governance, Global Programmes, Persons with Disabilities’ Political and Policy Leadership, Women’s Political Leadership, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

September 15 2019 is International Day of Democracy, a day to step back and think about the state of democracy in the world, celebrate democratic achievements worldwide and consider how we can all stand up for democracy. The day is also a great opportunity for us to reflect on our programmes to support participation, which is the theme of this year’s Democracy Day.

Activists call for more women in leadership positions at Commonwealth summit

2019-09-02T15:04:27+00:00August 12th, 2019|CP4D, 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|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 [...]