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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 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
March 16, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Julia Maria Rodríguez from Guatemala shares her story about the first time she voted.      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 24, 2017
M’barka is a young woman from a rural village in southern Morocco. As she recounted to IRI, she was new to politics, having joined a political party a year and a half ago. Though she came with high hopes, she found herself quickly disheartened by discouraging comments from her colleagues in the... 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 15, 2016
For many years, Olga Pikula had encountered firsthand the plight of homeless animals in her hometown of Mariupol, Ukraine through her own volunteer work. It wasn’t until working with IRI as a newly-elected LEO (local elected official) of Mariupol’s City Council, however, that she felt truly... Read More
December 05, 2016
On December 7, Ghanaians will vote in their seventh general elections since the return of democratic rule in 1992. These highly anticipated and closely watched elections will cap off an interesting year for electoral contests in Africa; highlighted most recently by the Gambia’s December 1... Read More
November 24, 2016
Ten years ago, WDN was founded with the mission to empower women to lead. Since then, WDN has reached thousands of women through trainings and workshops carried out by its Country Chapters and in partnership with IRI regional teams. Our sixteen Country Chapters conduct activities that train women... Read More
November 22, 2016
To bring about change at all is difficult enough; to inspire change when no one else acknowledges the problem is practically a Herculean feat. “My colleagues did not understand why I was addressing the issue of out-of-school education,” recalls Ukrainian Olga Chichina. “No one has worked with this... Read More

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