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The shrinking space for women, young people, and persons with disabilities in the political process requires continuous engagement with various stakeholders on the importance of inclusive governance. To support this engagement, WFD recently implemented activities in Nigeria reinforcing the use of the new media to promote inclusion.
Group photo with some of the visitors at the command centre
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.
A woman holding an umbrella to protect herself from a force, a woman holding up a heart with a thriving society inside, a woman crossing a bridge towards a better future
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.
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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.
A wall coming down with figures waving placards and cheering
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.
Group of people participating in the launch event
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.
Group of women sitting in a meeting
If election management bodies do not have a plan for effective, multi-year strategic communications, credible election processes risk being undermined by disinformation.
Banners held outside a counting centre during US elections saying 'count every vote'
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.
Lebanon Parliament building
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.
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).
Group of people posing by standing on a line
No matter the analytical tools and methodologies, the evidence is clear: patriarchy, masculinity, and biased gender norms underpin violence across all times, phases or conditions. At the core are unequal relations between women and men and the concept that men should power over women and girls.
Orange illustrated figures of men and women moving forwards. The leader is holding a sign that says push forward to end violence against women and girls and another figure in the group is holding a sign that says #16Days
In December WFD co-hosted the 5th Bali Civil Society & Media Forum and participated in the 15th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF). During a panel discussion focused on democracyat the heart of ensuring fair and equitable access to global public goods, WFD’s Environmental Democracy Adviser Rafael Jiménez-Aybar shared his thoughts on the intersection of democracy and climate change.
BCSMF 2022
Gender-based violence and environmental protection are linked. Transforming gender roles is indispensable for effective environmental democracy – which requires inclusion in decision-making on environmental governance – and better environmental outcomes.
Orange illustrated figures of men and women moving forwards. The leader is holding a sign that says push forward to end violence against women and girls and another figure in the group is holding a sign that says #16Days
In collaboration with UN Women and the Women's Parliamentary Caucus of the Republic of Indonesia, WFD organised an event to mark the #16Days of activism against gender-based violence at the Indonesian Parliament complex in Jakarta (29/11) where representatives of all political parties in the parliament signed a declaration to condemn violence against women in politics, especially ahead of the upcoming 2024 elections.
Indonesian MP Diah Pitaloka signing VAWP declaration
Impact assessments of laws after their enactment have become a key tool in the fight against gender-based violence. In a growing number of countries, parliamentarians have taken a leading role in initiating legislation against GBV as well as in monitoring its implementation.
Orange illustrated figures of men and women moving forwards. The leader is holding a sign that says push forward to end violence against women and girls and another figure in the group is holding a sign that says #16Days