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May 26, 2017
Women’s voices are still missing in the political spear worldwide. For any country to achieve and sustain a full democracy woman must have the opportunity to participate in the political process. Some might ask why this is important. To them I ask, “What is democracy? Is it people for the people,... Read More
May 24, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More
May 19, 2017
I am energized by the incredible courage, energy and resolve of the Libyan women that participated in the five-day training “Increasing Women Political Participation in Libya,” sponsored by the International Republican Institute, where I was honored to be one of three facilitators. During the... Read More
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

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