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April 11, 2017
Women are under-represented in the political and decision-making arenas in Kyrgyzstan. Dozens were either removed or pressured to step down from party lists post-factum. With an ever-present need for increased political activism and well-informed women leadership at all levels of decision-making,... 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 21, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Senator Christina Diaz from Mexico shares her story about a time she took the lead.   Read More
March 20, 2017
Dinara Habibullaieva is a proactive young twenty-three-year-old who gets inspiration from helping achieve results for a better Ukraine. Dinara is an assistant to a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament in Kyiv.  However, back in her home town of Dnipro, Dinara also leads the youth wing of the BPP... Read More
March 15, 2017
Have you heard them speak? Have you seen them lead? Maybe not. Yet, even in a country where political freedoms are constrained, Cuban women manage to do both. Here are a few of their stories. Take the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) — female activists whose spouses were jailed for opposing the... Read More
March 08, 2017
Moroccan women, particularly those in rural areas, often face numerous challenges to becoming involved in politics and civic leadership. In addition to social stigma, lack of opportunity, self-confidence, support and funding are typical barriers that keep women away from political participation.... Read More
February 24, 2017
M’barka is a young woman from a rural village in southern Morocco. As she recounted to IRI, she was new to politics, having joined a political party a year and a half ago. Though she came with high hopes, she found herself quickly disheartened by discouraging comments from her colleagues in the... Read More
February 20, 2017
With the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI has launched a program designed to strengthen the participation of Libyan women in their country’s political process, as candidates, political activists and elected officials. This new project is designed to provide training on... Read More
December 21, 2016
On December 7, I was deployed as part of an IRI team that conducted an Election Day assessment of women’s participation in Ghana’s electoral process. I was deployed to Ghana’s Northern Region. During my trip, I had the opportunity to meet and interview women to get a better understanding of their... Read More
December 15, 2016
For many years, Olga Pikula had encountered firsthand the plight of homeless animals in her hometown of Mariupol, Ukraine through her own volunteer work. It wasn’t until working with IRI as a newly-elected LEO (local elected official) of Mariupol’s City Council, however, that she felt truly... Read More

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