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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.
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy office in Skopje is established in 2008 and is the first WFD office open outside of the United Kingdom. Since its establishment, the office has worked with institutions, MPs, civil society, political parties, and journalists on advancing democracy, participation and effective public policies.
Research conducted in 2021 and 2022 into the costs of politics in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in partnership with Hans Seidel Stiftung has shown how a combination of weakly enforced campaign finance regulation, voter expectations and the increasing influence of criminal gangs over politics are contributors to the rising costs of seeking political office.
WFD joins the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Oslo Center for a programme on youth inclusion in decision making
To address democratic challenges and promote youth participation in public affairs, the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is leading the European Union-funded project “Women and Youth in Democracy”. As members of the EPD, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), together with the Kofi Annan Foundation, and the Oslo Center, are implementing the third pillar of this project “Accountability Hubs”, which aims to improve the inclusion of young people in democracy and decision-making.
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Sierra Leone’s Parliament jointly tops the 2022 open parliament index on public accountability in West Africa
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.
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.
WFD has been working in Jordan since 2012, when we helped establish the first ever parliamentary Legislative Studies and Research Centre (LSRC).
WFD MENA conducted a political economy analysis to understand the dynamics behind the political landscape in Kuwait and identify feasible pathways for change in relation to women’s political leadership. WFD's analysis generated insights on the key obstacles to women’s candidacy in Kuwait. Additionally, the means by which to determine the appropriate entry points, actors, and knowledge required to more effectively support women as candidates were explored.
WFD has been active in Tunisia since 2011. Our work focused on supporting the Tunisian legislature on constitutional drafting and strengthening the parliament’s oversight, legislative and representative roles. We also worked with Tunisian political parties to promote the leadership of women and youth, and supported civil society to inform and influence policy making.
WFD engaged with democratic institutions, women leaders, and political parties to support a peaceful transition towards a multi-party democracy in Sudan.
In 2012, WFD started working in Pakistan by supporting the federal and provincial legislatures. Over the years, WFD has worked with stakeholders both at federal and provincial level to strengthen the parliamentary system in Pakistan.
WFD is currently not working in Sudan, but we previously engaged with democratic institutions, women leaders, and political parties to support a peaceful transition towards a multi-party democracy in the country.
In 2021, WFD Kyrgyzstan marked a decade’s work to support key democratic institution across the Kyrgyz Republic. Our programmes have helped local councils and parliament in the country to interact more with the people they serve and represent. In the run up to the 2021 election, WFD Kyrgyzstan ran an anti-hate speech campaign as part of the EU media dialogue programme.
Operating directly in more than 30 countries and territories across the world, we are helping to make political systems fairer, more inclusive, and more accountable. We do this by working with parliaments, political parties, organisations responsible for elections, and civil society.