The power of conversation: how the Gambia’s select committee on gender is strengthening women’s rights
Research shows that when more women are in positions of leadership, society as a whole benefits. For the last six months, WFD has been working closely with the Gambian Parliament’s select committee on gender to get women’s political representation on the national agenda. By working with the committee members on a range of areas such as gender-sensitive budgeting, committee members enhanced their ability to promote legal reforms that will see more women in elected leadership positions.
05 May 2023
WFD works with local partners to promote women's political leadership worldwide. WFD is focused on creating an inclusive and supportive environment in the ASEAN region that enables politically active women to participate in and assume leadership roles in national, local, and regional politics.
29 March 2023
It is important that we ask about women's rights and needs and girls rights and needs in the same breath, argues WFD's Magdalena Randall-Schab. Doing so will help us strengthen the leadership of women and girls.
17 March 2023
On International Women's Day 2022, WFD launched a 12-month-long project aimed to advance women's political participation and leadership in the Moroccan House of Representatives. One year down the line – as we celebrate International Women’s Day in 2023 – we look at the outcomes achieved through this Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) supported programme.
08 March 2023
It is our responsibility to reimagine the political system designed around men and gendered ideas of leadership, argues WFD's Cecillia Makonyola. If we cannot imagine it, we will never have a system that values women’s labour in all its forms. Beginning on International Women’s Day, let's reimagine politics as it should be; the work of women.
08 March 2023
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the American University of Armenia (AUA) Energy Transitions for Climate Solutions Initiative (Energy4Climate) recently organized a roundtable discussion on Armenia's energy security. The programme aimed at creating a dialogue to examine the potential of enhancing Armenia’s energy security through national policies and strategies.
07 March 2023
Democracies need everyone to be represented in decision-making. We all lose out if women are left out. We need more women’s leadership. WFD programmes and research around the world have demonstrated what stands in the way of women’s leadership and the benefits it brings. We have also learned how we can support it.
27 February 2023
The Scottish National Party WFD programme continued to promote women's political leadership in Southern Africa by hosting a three-day conference for Malawian women parliamentarians to share experience, knowledge, and ideas.
26 February 2023
We will not be able to respond to every threat to democracy but acknowledging that different approaches are needed can help to make the global change we want to see.
21 February 2023
WFD launched a new programme which aims to increase the engagement of the Armenian National Assembly and political parties in climate change and energy policy.
08 February 2023
General elections in Sierra Leone will be held mid-2023. However, there still exists deep gender imbalances in the country’s political context. From prejudices against women’s leadership to political and traditional barriers that continue to threaten women’s political participation and inclusion.
01 February 2023
If election management bodies do not have a plan for effective, multi-year strategic communications, credible election processes risk being undermined by disinformation.
13 January 2023
Between 2019 and 2022, WFD implemented a programme in Lebanon that provided institutional and legal guidance and support to parliamentary committees. WFD’s role centred on supporting the Lebanese Parliament’s efforts to engage citizens in decision-making processes in the face of economic and political crises.
12 January 2023
Think of the biggest global contest, complete with high profile sponsors, defending champions, resurgent challengers, and breakthrough countries carrying the hopes of whole regions. And we’re in extra time, praying that the match doesn’t end with a penalty shoot out. It’s not the World Cup, but that’s what the struggle between democrats and autocrats as 2022 becomes 2023 and we prepare for the year ahead.
20 December 2022
The Coalition of Women Parliamentarians from Arab Countries launches first regional declaration to combat violence against women and girls
On December 5-6, 2022, the League of Arab States (LAS) launched the Arab Declaration on Combating all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in a two-day high-level event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
16 December 2022