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Sep. 17th, 2020

The Magnitsky Sanctions and the politics of individual accountability

by Franklin De Vrieze, WFD’s Senior Governance Adviser Human rights violators should be scared. More and more democratic countries are holding them individually accountable for their crimes and are issuing individual so-called ‘Magnitsky Sanctions’ to target them where it hurts most: their pockets and their freedom to travel.  The UK Government is seizing assets in Britain […]

Sep. 10th, 2020

2019-2020 Annual Report and Accounts

WFD’s Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year 2019-2020 was laid in the UK Parliament today, 10 September 2020. In 2019-20, WFD ran 81 programmes in 47 countries. We launched new programmes in countries such as Sudan, where we trained women political leaders in negotiating to help them play an important role in the […]

Sep. 9th, 2020

Sexual and gender equality: moving beyond myths and fears in policy discussions

This briefing for parliamentarians and policymakers is a resource for informed parliamentary debates on sexual and gender equality. It provides an overview of terminology around LGBT+ persons and their rights. It addresses common myths and arguments used by policymakers and in parliamentary equality debates to maintain the status quo when it comes to criminalisation, access […]

Jul. 29th, 2020

Women political leaders key to more equal and caring societies, new report shows

When women take part in politics, the whole of society benefits. That is the main finding of a new report from Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London.  Women Political Leaders: The Impact of Gender on Democracy is based on an analysis of over 500 pieces of research into […]

Jul. 28th, 2020

Parliamentary response to the Covid-19 crisis in the Western Balkans

Ivan Radojevic, Programme Manager, WFD HUGEN Western Balkan project  The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a wide range of responses from government institutions around the world, and parliaments are not an exception. This unprecedented crisis is causing public institutions to adapt their work in response to the new COVID-19 reality. The Western Balkans is one […]