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April 05, 2017
“Terrorism is not fought with terrorism… It is fought with a pen, school, and a book… Terrorism is fought with culture” IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society partners to highlight their work. This is the first blog post... Read More
April 04, 2017
Eighty-five years ago, Ukraine suffered at the hands of Stalin’s Soviet Union and to this day continues to fight for recognition of Holodomor, a genocide that killed more than 10 million people. The Atlantic Council held an event titled “Connecting Ukraine’s Past to Present: From Holodomor to the... Read More
April 02, 2017
Acid attack. Forced marriage. Paralysis. Rape. Imprisonment. “On the day of my attack, I died. But on that day, I was reborn from the ashes.” ~ Natalia Ponce de Lion, Colombia On March 29, 2017, I had the great privilege to attend the U.S. Secretary of State’s... Read More
March 30, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Ivana Tufegdzik from Macedonia shares her story about the first time she voted.   Read More
March 30, 2017
Monumental moments in a nation’s history are rare but when they do occur, they are difficult to miss. As tens of thousands of Guatemalans peacefully demonstrated their desire for change and action during the 2015 national elections, their government and perspective candidates did not miss this... Read More
March 29, 2017
During the 2013 elections in Kenya, the voters of Turkana County, the second largest county in the country did not elect any woman to serve as their Member of the County Assembly (MCA) for any of the 30 county assembly seats. Additionally... Read More
March 28, 2017
The mission at IRI is simple, we advance democracy and further political rights around the world. The digital age has added a new element to our day-to-day that is both exciting and scary, and this is why it is so important for us to be at RightsCon. The... Read More
March 27, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Winnie Watera from Uganda shares her story about the first time she voted. Read More
March 27, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Perizat from Kyrgyzstan shares her story about a time she took the lead. I was not an activist at school. I had to leave school from 9th grade to enter a professional... Read More
March 24, 2017
“Government is a hard enough task for a politician. But the most difficult one, partly because it is much less rewarding, is to be in opposition.” This is how my first boss, a London Assembly Member (who later became a Member of Parliament) introduced me to the way political opposition in a... Read More

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