The failed coup staged by Maj. General Godefroid Niyombare, a former intelligence service head, is one of the many indicators that all is not well in Burundi. Burundi is slowly sinking into an electoral crisis likely to be worse than the failed 2010 elections. More than 100, 000 refugees have fled to neighboring Rwanda, DRC, and Tanzania since the president announced his quest for a third term.
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On 8th March 2015, world leaders pledged to fully implement laws designed to protect women’s rights and end discriminatory practices against women during the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) forum held in New York. This was done through the adoption of a political declaration by government ministers confirming their commitment to achieve gender equality by 2030. The declaration was however criticized by women’s rights activists as a weak text that doesn’t commit to the transformative change needed for gender equality.
The Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) is implementing a two-year project themed “Enhancing Gender Responsive Policies in Institutions of Governance”. This project is funded by our development partner – The Commonwealth Foundation – and is aimed at strengthening institutions of governance to adopt gender responsive policies through participatory platforms.