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October 04, 2016
It’s not everyday that we get to share the personal stories of people who want to run for office and serve their country. Much of our work focuses on supporting aspiring candidates through workshops or helping elected officials engage citizens but storytelling sometimes gets lost in the day-to-day... 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
November 03, 2015
This Saturday, IRI will hold a graduation ceremony for the 2015 class of our highly successful Empower program, as well as welcome the incoming class for 2016. The Empower program is designed to bolster the civic, professional, and political skills of women from government-designated “poverty... Read More
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Andy Yates

Resident Program Officer, Jordan
September 23, 2015
I’ll start out by saying I’m a football fan, through and through. When I say that, I mean American football, a derivative from rugby that actually gets its name because the game focuses so heavily on measurements and getting inches, feet, yards that the ball is a measurement in itself – a football... Read More
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Dylan Diggs

Assistant Evaluation Officer, Middle East North Africa Division
March 24, 2015
On February 5, 2015 hundreds of women in Kabul protested against the newly announced cabinet of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, which contrary to promises included only three women out of 25 positions. Growing up in Afghanistan as a young girl, I learned that a woman’s... Read More
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Shamila Kohestani

Assistant Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
March 04, 2015
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day, today WDN took time to recognize two women who have become leaders in their own countries and serve as role models to women around the world. Tarja Halonen, president of Finland from 2000-2012, and Oyun Sanjaasuren, a member of Mongolia’s... Read More
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Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs