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In Malawi, the WFD SNP programme’s work with the Parliamentary Women’s Caucus continued, supporting the development of a four-year strategic plan which provides a clear roadmap for the country to achieve gender-related targets on girls’ education, women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, and women’s political participation.
People on podiums with a crowd cheering
This year, the Women’s Academy for Africa (WAFA) supported social democratic women to enter politics through training opportunities in Africa. WAFA is a regional network that aims to change the face of politics by identifying, educating, and empowering women in Africa.
Multi-coloured people cheering in front of two people on podiums
The Conservative WFD Programme continued to strengthen democratic governance in Africa and the Caribbean by providing a platform for like-minded parties to share information, experience, skills, and ideas, and to upskill parties with the skills they need to be a strong opposition or to govern.
Multi-coloured hands raised in the air
WFD’s work with Kenyan political parties, funded by Demo Finland, helped ensure persons with disabilities (PWDs) are included in political parties’ governing committees. It also helped to remove barriers so they could actively engage in the contestation of elections ahead of the Kenyan general elections in August 2022.
People holding a certificate
In 2021-22, our Global Equality Project (GEP) built on the success of our previous project on equality in the Commonwealth.
Multi-coloured people connected with lines
WFD is supporting the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), to put in place the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the constitutional basis of Bangsamoro, and to build the required institutional architecture and structures for effective and inclusive governance in Bangsamoro.
Two men examine a document in a session of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority
In March 2022, a new programme to support women MPs launched.
Two women shaking hands in the Moroccan Parliament
In Ukraine, WFD focuses on the VRU’s institutional capacity, primarily around accountability and oversight procedures.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the Ukrainian flag flying above the dome on a sunny day
WFD hosted a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) delegation and convened a women MPs mentorship workshop, in partnership with the Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) and UN Women. The workshop – which targeted new women parliamentarians – explored effective committee work and impactful external communications.
A group of people posing
Recently, WFD brought together youth leaders from the main political parties in Albania, to participate in a workshop to strengthen their leadership skills. Held in the region of Gjirokastër, in the south of the country, the event saw 17 youth leaders participate in the activities.
A group of people standing in the street smiling at the camera
On 12 August – International Youth Day – we are announcing a new three-year programme to boost engagement between parliaments and young people in Algeria, Morocco, and Lebanon.
WFD has been partnering with the Parliament of Sierra Leone to strengthen its capacity in different areas around the Open Government Parliament. The institution’s efforts to promote openness, accountability, and participation were recognised in the maiden Africa Open Parliament Index (OPI) report, as the institution ranked among the top in West Africa.
Open Parliament Index score sheet of the public accountability indicator where Sierra Leone and Cape Verde are joint first followed by Ghana, Nigeria and Togo in the top five
In less than a year’s time, Nigerians will be heading to the polls. The 2023 general elections scheduled for February/March 2023 will be the 7th since the country returned to democratic governance 23 years ago. This is the longest period of democratic governance in the history of Nigeria. While this is the case, there are a few challenges to be addressed in the journey towards strengthening democracy.
A ballot box written vote
Strong parliaments/legislatures are cornerstones of democracy. In 2019, WFD launched a programme that strengthened its partnership with the Algerian Parliament. Here is a summary of some of the programme’s outcomes after three years of successful implementation.
Algerian Parliament Building
On Tuesday 24 May 2022, select members of a visiting delegation from the Malaysian Parliamentary Special Select Committee (PSSC) on Women, Children, and Social Development visited WFD’s new offices for meetings related to gender equality, data and budgeting.
malaysian delegation