We host regular online and in-person events.
Women lead: Transforming women’s candidate selection prospects within political parties

This expert conference aims to shine light on political party practices that identify and nurture women candidates and support them on to positions of party leadership. Political leaders representing parties from around the world will both showcase and learn about reforms and innovations that political parties can adopt to better support women candidates. Participants will lead debates on how to identify, nurture, promote, and expand female talent within their parties, focusing on candidate recruitment, support, and selection.

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Information and democracy: Panel discussion on Taiwan's 2024 election and beyond

Taiwan has become a global focal point for electoral discussions, drawing attention due to its unique democratic landscape. Taiwan has had challenges around ensuring that information is reliable and can be trusted and it has been working towards addressing these challenges and improving its information environment. This in-person event will comprehensively examine these challenges and explore potential solutions.


Post-legislative scrutiny clinic: writing a committee's PLS report and advancing its recommendations

The third clinic of the post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) Community of Practice will focus on drafting a committee’s report on the impact and implementation of legislation, considering different structures and formats of reports, reviewing data and opinions to guide findings about how the law works, enhancing understandability and readability of the PLS report, drafting recommendations which are SMART, and advancing the report’s recommendations at administrative and at political level.

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2024 Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny in the context of the climate and environmental emergency

The Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny in the context of the Climate and Environmental Emergency offers an in-depth exploration of the theory and practice of PLS as an oversight tool. The course adopts a holistic outlook that places PLS in the legislative cycle and delves into the practice of PLS piloting and innovations over the last few years.

Past events

Online event - 21 November 2023
Indicators for Democratic Parliaments: Launch event

Parliaments, partners, civil society organizations and all interested parties are warmly invited to join the official launch of the Indicators for Democratic Parliaments.

The launch event will present the purpose and content of the Indicators, as well as how they can be used to assess parliamentary capacity and performance.

The launch event will be held online. The two sessions will have the same content but will take place at different times in order to enable participants in different time zones to attend. Participants can indicate which session they wish to join in the registration form.

Session 1:  Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 10:00–11:30 CET (interpretation in English, French and Arabic)

Session 2: Wednesday, 22 November 2023, 16:00–17:30 CET (interpretation in English and Spanish)

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Online event - 22 September 2023
PLS Clinic - Post-Legislative Scrutiny with the Community of Practice

Post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is the practice of monitoring the implementation and evaluating the impact of laws. The aim is to ensure that laws benefit citizens in the way originally intended by lawmakers.

For the first of our PLS Community of Practice events we want to set out what exactly a community of practice is and how you can be involved.

We will be discussing some common experiences in PLS, achievements in piloting and challenges and bottlenecks. We will be joined by representatives from, among others, the Parliaments of Wales and Scotland, who will be giving us the current PLS state of play in their parliaments.

It will be an opportunity to share and discuss.

Online event - 02 July 2023
2023 Advanced Course on Innovations in Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Registrations are now open for WFD and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies' 2023 Advanced Course on Innovations in Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS).

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19 July 2023
WFD at Women Deliver 2023: Embracing feminist political leadership in advancing democracy

To support women leaders to survive and thrive in their political lives, WFD is holding an event at the Women Deliver 2023 conference. This event is organised in partnership with the National Democratic Institute, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Centre and Open Society Foundations.

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Online event - 21 March 2023
Launch of the Global Network for Securing Electoral Integrity (GNSEI)

During a time when elections around the world face an evolving and increasingly complex set of threats and challenges, sustained cooperation among global electoral integrity stakeholders is urgently needed. On 21 March, over 30 leading global organizations and networks in the electoral integrity community will come together to launch the GNSEI.

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07 December 2022
Report launch: Women’s political leadership in the ASEAN region

The relationship between women and politics has been marred with challenges since the dawn of organised politics. Women stay away from politics for too many reasons: glass ceilings, discrimination, physical and mental violence, maternal responsibilities, and so on. We at Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) have been working on finding supporting women as they overcome some of these challenges and participate fully and equally in politics and public life. We will be launching a brand new report on women’s political leadership in the ASEAN region that addresses barriers to women’s political leadership in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.

We will be exploring the barriers and challenges women in the ASEAN region face when competing in politics, and we will explore ways they can overcome those barriers and secure a place at the table. We will also be discussing the steps and decisions that lead women to becoming leaders and their many pathways: Where did they start? How did they get here? And what can we do to help more women make it to the top? 

The report launch will be followed by two roundtable discussions:

  1. Pathways to Women’s Political Leadership in the ASEAN region - to find out how women circumvent barriers and chart new pathways
  2. Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) - a learning session from women MPs and WFD experts on the importance of GRB to how they applied GRB in their countries. 

Join us online as we discuss these issues with our lead research authors, Dr Aim Sinpeng (University of Sydney) and Amalinda Savirani (Universitas Gadjah Mada) as they outline the current situation, main findings and key recommendations, and hear what women political leaders from Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia have to say on their challenges and journey as a woman and a lawmaker.

This report launch will be live streamed online from Bali, Indonesia. It takes place as 12.00pm Jakarta time / 1.00pm Bali time.