December 07th, 2021

The inclusion of women is transforming political culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina and having positive impacts for communities and the environment

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December 07th, 2021

The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act is a law that guarantees protection of the rights of citizens from all forms of violence in Nigeria. The main thrust of the Law is to eliminate violence in private and public life; prohibit all forms of violence against persons – particularly women and girls who are disproportionately affected; […]

December 06th, 2021

Around the globe, women are one of the most underrepresented groups in politics and decision-making. Even when women are equally or close to equally represented in politics this is due to special provisions such as quotas. While Montenegro has legally introduced an electoral gender quota for in 2012, the number of politically active women remains […]

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December 03rd, 2021

Inclusive leadership makes the difference between politicians who strive for equality and those who strive for a new society all together.

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December 02nd, 2021

Freetown, Sierra Leone: On 19 November 2021, Sierra Leone’s Finance Minister Mr. Dennis K. Vandi presented the 2022 fiscal year national budget before the Parliament. A regular practice in the budget making process that takes place before the West African country financial year kicks off in January of every year. However, the reading of the […]

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December 02nd, 2021

A new report, written by Dr Tom Caygill of Nottingham Trent University, and published by WFD, analyses the frequency and the outcomes of PLS that has taken place in the UK Parliament between 2008 and 2019, in order to provide an insight into how this form of scrutiny is being undertaken. The report identifies the […]

November 30th, 2021

One of the least-trumpeted outcomes of COP26 is the 10-page Glasgow work programme on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), adopted to replace the ACE work programme adopted in Doha for 2012-2020. That the ACE programme slipped under the radar does not come as a surprise, but its substance is unmissable as countries bite the bullet […]

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November 30th, 2021

The international community has worked diligently over the past 20+ years to promote electoral credibility through support to electoral reform, capacity building of electoral management bodies (EMBs), and voter education. However, those interested in subverting the electoral process have become increasingly sophisticated, with many electoral processes manipulated long before election day. To address these growing […]

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November 24th, 2021

WFD, in partnership with the Coalition of Women MPs from Arab countries recently held a roundtable on the opportunities and challenges facing women’s electoral success in North Africa. The results of parliamentary elections that took place in 2020 and 2021 in a number of Arab countries have shown a trend of declining female representation in […]

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November 24th, 2021 | Tags: Environmental democracy

There is a clear link between a well-functioning democracy and addressing environmental crises.

November 16th, 2021

In recent years, the development of coastal regions in the Republic of Albania has taken a priority for the government and the private sector. Often, such developmental plans do not consider the environmental impact they might have for the specific area and beyond. The affected communities and other stakeholders are not included in the consultation […]

November 05th, 2021

Since the establishment of the Human Rights and Gender Equality Network of Committees (HUGEN) in the Western Balkans in 2019, more than 200 members of parliaments and 40 parliamentary staff members, from 8 participating parliaments, have been cooperating on improving human rights and gender laws and policies. Through HUGEN, a regional pilot process of post-legislative […]

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