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WATCH: Women MPs of the World live

2018-11-08T12:35:02+00:00November 8th, 2018|Women’s Political Leadership|

On Thursday 8 November, an historic one-day event will bring together women parliamentarians from around the world to celebrate their achievements, discuss how to strengthen visibility, and further empower women parliamentarians to continue to drive change nationally and internationally in the House of Commons.  You can join this historic event online at https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterFoundation/ Introduction and [...]

SNP support for women’s political participation in the Middle East and North Africa

2018-10-31T15:56:43+00:00October 31st, 2018|UK Political Parties international programmes, Women’s Political Leadership|

Emma Armshaw, Head of SNP WFD Office  The Arab Women Parliamentarians’ Network for Equality or Ra’edat is working with the Scottish National Party through its WFD funded work to improve gender equality. Ra'edat developed a regional policy paper calling for changes to political party structures in its 14 member countries in March 2018.  On 14 October, the SNP WFD [...]

WFD welcomes UN report on ending violence against women in politics

2018-10-16T10:40:11+00:00October 12th, 2018|Norms and Standards, Women’s Political Leadership|

WFD welcomes the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women in politics released on 5 October. The report offers valuable guidance and actions member states, their parliaments, political parties and electoral oversight bodies can and should take to address violence against women in politics. WFD’s Chief Executive Anthony Smith noted: [...]

Stopping violence against women in politics: time for a new normal

2018-08-06T14:22:48+00:00March 21st, 2018|General subjects, Human Rights, Norms and Standards, Political party, Research, Women’s Political Leadership|

Hungry for good news about politics? Here’s some: more women than ever before are participating in politics worldwide. It’s a global trend that signals positive outcomes for inclusive governance. However, as the number of women engaging in political activity has grown, so has the frequency and degree of violent responses to their presence in politics. [...]

UK political parties host international summit on violence against women in politics

2018-08-06T14:21:57+00:00February 27th, 2018|Political party, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 19-20 March, UK political parties – Conservatives, DUP, Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Labour, Plaid Cymru and SNP – in partnership with WFD, will convene legislators and activists from 20 countries for a two-day conference in London to identify practical means to address violence against women in politics. Over 50 speakers including party leaders, ministers and experts from UN Women, Amnesty International, the [...]

“It does what it says on the tin” – Reviewing laws to advance equality

2018-08-08T14:22:53+00:00November 30th, 2017|Post-Legislative Scrutiny, Process and Practice, Research, Women’s Political Leadership|

What do a 1994 TV advert for wood stain and the legislative process have in common? The importance of delivering on a promise. Opening a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) expert seminar to explore a gender-specific approach to scrutiny of legislation, the Scottish Parliament’s Deputy Presiding Officer, Christine Grahame said: “There is an obligation on [...]

Women MPs from Arab Countries review efforts to end gender violence

2018-08-08T14:20:31+00:00November 30th, 2017|Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, MENA, Morocco, Tunisia, Women’s Political Leadership|

Representatives from 13 Arab countries, the Tunisian Ministry for Women, Family and Childhood, and the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab Countries Combating Violence Against Women gathered in Tunis for a two-day summit on 16 and 17 November. The summit, supported by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), took stock of recent progress made in Tunisia and Lebanon [...]

Helping women run for office in upcoming Sri Lanka local elections

2018-08-09T11:06:52+00:00April 26th, 2017|Asia, Sri Lanka, Women’s Political Leadership|

“I had heard about the new women quota for elections but had little knowledge on how local government operates and the opportunities for public involvement”, says Ms. Jeeva Nishanthini, a 26-year-old local Tamil resident from the Nuwara Eliya district, Central Province of Sri Lanka. Between October 2016 and March 2017, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), [...]

Supporting women councillors in Uganda to advocate for women’s rights

2018-08-09T11:22:59+00:00March 8th, 2017|Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership|

“If a man gets with you and wants to stay together then you need  documentation” Betty Atim, former district councillor in Gulu and Chair of the Women’s Caucus, explains to her female constituents who face homelessness due to land rights disputes in Uganda. Betty Atim participated in the Westminster Foundation for Democracy EU funded programme [...]

Promoting women’s and girls’ rights in Uganda: ‘This Parliament empowered me’

2018-07-27T10:49:26+00:00September 8th, 2015|Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, Women’s Political Leadership|

Ending sexual harassment, domestic violence and other forms of gender inequality in Uganda isn’t easy. But by helping local leaders and civil society organisations bring women together through the country’s first ever Women’s Parliament, Westminster Foundation for Democracy is helping gather momentum behind the campaign for real change. In recent years, Uganda has taken some [...]

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