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July 26, 2018
The 2015 election in Burma was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after 50 years of authoritarian rule. With the NLD in power, expectations were high for continued economic and political reforms.  While the election was a positive first step, it would be a mistake to... Read More
July 18, 2018
Three years ago, Burma held its first competitive general election in 25 years. The election was an important milestone in the county’s reform process after over 50 years of authoritarian rule. Following the election of the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi, expectations were high that the promised economic... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More
March 30, 2018
Under the oppressive Taliban regime, Naheed Farid was forced to drop out of school. Witnessing the denial of rights to Afghan women for years, she dedicated her career to empowering women. In Afghanistan, barriers to women’s leadership begin at a young age with lack of education for girls. The... Read More
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
February 13, 2018
Ilze Vinkele is a former member of Parliament from Latvia, where she also served as the Minister of Welfare. Vinkele has implemented several significant public sector reforms, such as raising the retirement age, reforming mental-health institutions and defending the rights of LGBT individuals. In... Read More
February 07, 2018
The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) has developed a framework to identify key barriers to women’s political engagement. The “SheVotes” gender assessment toolkit can inform the design of interventions to increase women’s political participation and leadership.  In partnership with IRI’s... Read More
November 13, 2017
Georgia gained independence from the Soviet Union 25 years ago, but it has only been recently that those elections have been deemed mostly free and fair. Under Georgian law, men and women have equal rights as voters and candidates, but women’s representation in politics remains incredibly low.... Read More
November 12, 2017
Women in Jordan remain under-utilized. Jordan continues to have one of the world’s lowest rates of women’s workforce participation at only 13 percent. Women’s political participation is also low; despite the inclusion of quotas for women in national and municipal bodies. Many women are seen as... Read More
July 31, 2017
In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya. Our... Read More

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