Alongside our programmes, WFD supports the international work of UK political parties.
Factors such as patriarchal structures, gender stereotyping, and socio-economic barriers are among the reasons why women struggle to enter the political arena. This Labour Party WFD programme has identified women candidates who seek elected positions and express an interest in standing for public office and provided them with access to training resources and examples of best practice for competing.
Training activities took place in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe this year. The programme was successful in equipping participants with the political skills and knowledge, such as advocacy and fundraising skills, to help them put themselves forward for party selections. Participant survey responses submitted after the training showed that participants were enthusiastic about forthcoming elections and the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills. Participants are now getting ready to share their knowledge and skills with other women in their parties, particularly in the more rural areas.