Advancing gender-sensitive legislation in Uganda

2019-10-22T15:10:42+00:00October 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The last few decades have seen Uganda enact several laws and policies to promote gender equality. However, the mismatch between Uganda’s pro-gender equality legal framework, and its implementation has led to the persistence of gender-based inequalities. For example, succession laws in Uganda impede the protection of the rights of women, children - particularly girls and [...]

Amplifying the voices of persons with disabilities in policymaking in Uganda

2019-10-22T15:02:16+00:00September 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In Uganda, there is a huge disconnect between persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their representatives in parliament. This is primarily because their representatives are elected through an electoral college process that is hampered by inadequate dissemination of the electoral laws and guidelines for elections of PWD representatives at national and local government levels. It is [...]

Ugandan youth leaders push for the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance to be ratified

2019-10-22T14:56:01+00:00September 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The meaningful participation of young people in decision making for sustainable development and good governance has been constrained across East Africa, often because of a lack of concerted efforts and platforms to include young people in the democratic space(s). To address the youth inclusion gap, WFD is implementing the East African Commonwealth Youth Leaders Initiative to promote [...]

Young people should be better represented, Kenyan activist tells UK Parliament

2019-07-08T15:23:34+00:00July 8th, 2019|CP4D, Democracy in the World (APPG), Kenya, Uganda, Young People’s Leadership and Engagement|

The average age of the Kenyan population is 19 years; in Uganda it’s just under 16 years. Yet young people in East Africa are severely underrepresented in politics. This is an issue which has inspired David Momanyi, an experienced youth activist from Kenya who is striving to ensure that all young people can have [...]

Gender equality top of the agenda as Lebanese lawmakers visit UK

2019-02-04T17:13:05+00:00January 31st, 2019|Democracy in the World (APPG), Lebanon, Women’s Political Leadership|

There are only six women lawmakers in the 128-seat Lebanese parliament. Nine months after the election, WFD supported four of them on a visit to the UK, to help them in their push for greater gender equality. Inaya Ezzeddine, Dima Jamali, Rola Tabsh Jaroudi and Paula Yaacoubian have very different backgrounds, ranging from Shia to [...]

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 [...]