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March 23, 2018
Argentina’s legislative quota law in 1991 set the path for women’s political participation in Latin America. Since then, 11 countries on the continent have introduced similar laws, and Argentina has continued to create legislation to ensure equal political representation for women. A 2017 bill for... Read More
March 14, 2018
Women's unequal political representation remains a problem all over the world, including in Albania. Women constitute approximately 50 percent of the 2.88 million people in Albania but, only 28 percent of Albanian parliamentary seats are held by women. “Barriers to women's participation in... Read More
March 05, 2018
In honor of International Women's Day, the Women's Democracy Network (WDN) will feature four of our members from around the world. Each woman comes from a different background and has a different story, but they embody many of same qualities; determination, passion... Read More
April 13, 2017
“By age eighteen I told my mother I wanted to be a leader and help people,” says Honorable Saumu Sakala, one of the eight newly elected women members of parliament who were hosted by IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network for its International Women’s Day Conference, DC. Held in late February, the... Read More
March 20, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Nora Aliti from Macedonia shares her story about a time she made her voice heard.    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
March 21, 2016
Once women gain leadership roles they change the way policy is created.   In 1985, Grace Saltzstein found a strong statistical significance between the presence of a female mayor and the proportion of female administrators, managers and other non-clerical positions.  There was not only... Read More
March 20, 2016
Every year, on 8 March, we celebrate International Women's Day. This day is not about flowers and chocolates, but about highlighting the existing global gender disparities and the need to push for gender equality and equal rights between women and men in all societies. The work to achieve the... Read More
March 10, 2016
Following a non-binding recommendation (2004) and then binding legislation (2009) on a 30% quota for female candidates, women’s participation in government increased.  Unfortunately, Indonesia’s 2014 national legislative elections marked the first elections in 15 years that reduced the number... Read More
March 08, 2016
In 2016, IRI is celebrating a monumental initiative—an initiative that has changed the status quo for women and girls in every region of the world. The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) was launched in 2006, founded in idealism, perhaps, but grounded in the firm... Read More

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