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Women’s leadership and the power of small change

2019-01-31T11:55:19+00:00January 31st, 2019|Political Economy of Democracy Promotion, Women’s Political Leadership|

Graeme Ramshaw, Director of Research and Evaluation  Spending two days with passionate, intelligent people is incredibly cathartic. That’s especially true when those people have come together to tackle one of the world’s most intractable problems – gender inequality in politics. The Gender, Political Participation, and Democracy workshop in Accra, Ghana, was one of these [...]

Jordanian MP fighting for women’s rights speaks to UK Parliament

2019-02-04T17:12:31+00:00December 7th, 2018|Democracy in the World (APPG), Iraq, Jordan, Women’s Political Leadership|

Wafaa Bani Mustafa is one of just 20 women in Jordan's House of Representatives – luckily, she is a fighter. She was the first MP to propose an end to a controversial rape law in Jordan, which was later repealed, and she continues to champion women’s rights across the Arab region. Speaking at the [...]

Historic event sees women MPs from across the world in Westminster

2018-12-03T12:41:28+00:00November 29th, 2018|UK Political Parties international programmes, Women’s Political Leadership|

On 8 November, women MPs from across the world met in Westminster for an historic one-day event to discuss how to make politics more inclusive.  Over 100 MPs from 86 countries united to celebrate the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK. Delegates discussed the specific challenges facing women MPs today and how these might [...]

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 [...]

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