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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
March 08, 2016
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a program for women elected to Libya’s municipal councils.   The program, hosted by IRI, brought together 12 women from across Libya to share experiences, challenges and network with one another. I want to take this opportunity to share some of the... Read More
March 07, 2016
More than 20 years ago, in September 1995, world leaders, activists, and NGO’s gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The outcome of that conference, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, set the stage for most of the work around the world on advancing women’s... Read More
March 11, 2015
In honor of International Women’s Day, IRI Moldova would like to highlight some of the extraordinary women with whom it has worked over the years. Women’s advocacy and leadership has been a vital component of IRI’s political programming in Moldova during the past decade.  IRI believes that a... Read More