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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 27, 2017
Not long ago, my friend and colleague, Hal Ferguson, wrote on this blog about the rise of ISIS and in his opinion the way to defeat ISIS through more effective and inclusive local governance.  While many might... Read More
March 03, 2017
Through her role as Deputy Director of IRI's Women's Democracy Network, Lisa has helped Syrian women find their voice and bring their priorities to the negotiation table. This is her story.  
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 28, 2016
A talented young woman from the Orjan district of Al-Oyoun, Jordan, Nihad Bani Sa’eed, is an impressive new graduate of IRI’s Empower program. (Lean more about our Empower program here) “I gained a lot of life skills that... Read More
November 27, 2016
Ain Draham is small town located high in the Kroumirie mountains only a few kilometers from the Algerian border. The historic summer resort area is a retreat for tourists seeking the healing effects of the hot springs. The town itself is anything but healing for local residents. Poverty,... Read More
November 23, 2016
From November 2-8, 2016, I travelled to Morocco on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network. My first trip to the field since joining IRI in June, I went to conduct interviews with politically active women in the towns of Rabat and Essaouira for a gender assessment. WDN’s standardized gender... Read More
November 07, 2016
Hope.  A powerful word that it is often overused.  Politicians say it, faith may evoke it but we optimists absolutely cling to it. But many youth here in Tunisia don’t have it. That is why we are working with youth and the Government of Tunisia to bring some back. I worry and feel that... Read More
October 19, 2016
Last week, IRI brought together 15 amazing young people from across Morocco for the country’s first Youth Leadership Academy (YLA), which provided training to young people so that they can more effectively tell their stories and spread positive social messages using modern media techniques. They... Read More
October 07, 2016
Young people in the Middle East are partnering with IRI and making a positive difference in their communities.  Using a variety of outreach methods, youth in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are finding ways to ensure that their opinions and ideas are part of the solutions to the many challenges... Read More

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