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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
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
December 20, 2016
Dina Bani Doumi says that she feels inspired and more confident since joining IRI’s Empower program in 2014. “The program helped me a lot! First and foremost, in my daily life among family members, I feel like I can speak... Read More
October 11, 2016
In order to understand the major impact that Women’s Democracy Network member Kansiime is having with girls in Uganda, we must first realize what young girls have to overcome in that country. To put it in simple terms, in Uganda men expect women to be docile and... 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
November 05, 2015
Prior to joining IRI’s Empower program in Jordan, at age 22, Ms. Aroub Abu Abta was yet to form any particular ambitions for her life. Soon after becoming an Empower member, she began to establish new personal goals. For instance, she decided to further her education and is now studying Business... Read More
November 05, 2015
A member of IRI’s inaugural class of the Empower program in 2014, Ms. Fakhriyeh Al Zeinat has struggled as the sole breadwinner for her five children, ages 12-21, following her husband’s death 12 years ago. When she first began attending Empower workshops, Ms. Al Zeinat was shy and reluctant to... Read More
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Andy Yates

Resident Program Officer, Jordan
November 04, 2015
After graduating from IRI’s Empower program last year, Ms. Rana Ngheimesh has redoubled her commitment to being a positive force for change in her hometown of Dleil, Jordan. For example, she is the Director of Dar Al-‘Ata’a Association for Social Development where she manages local aid projects... Read More
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Andy Yates

Resident Program Officer, Jordan
April 08, 2015
On April 4, IRI conducted a clean-up initiative in Deir Alaa municipality with of 55 participants including Ann-Robin Anthony, WDN deputy director, Patricia Morgan, state representative of Rhode Island, IRI staff, Deir Alaa Empower Committee, Northen Shouna Empower Committee, All Jordan... Read More
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Kailey Waring

Graphic Designer