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September 12, 2017
A few years ago, I passed the much-feared threshold that officially separates “youth” from “grown up.” During this time, colleagues that I had trained as part of IRI's youth programs came of age politically and were being elected into parliament and joining their national governments.... Read More
September 11, 2017
This past May, my son was born. As I sat in the hospital room and held him in my hand, I thought what many new parents probably think: how important it is to pass the world to the next generation. Youth are our collective future. Too often young people are excluded from the decision making process... Read More
August 29, 2017
Uganda is increasingly closing the space for civil society and has historically marginalized youth from political participation. Its current president has been in power for over 30 years and is currently attempting to amend the constitution so he can run again in the next election. Within this... Read More
August 16, 2017
Meet Sally Ncube, a member of the Zimbabwe Women’s Democracy Chapter. Sally has taken on the challenge to create a space for women to engage, reflect, learn, network, interface and explore opportunities at the political table. Since 2013, Sally Ncube has partnered with WDN through her organization... Read More
August 12, 2017
As we mark and celebrate International Youth Day, young Jordanians are increasingly stepping into the spotlight of the country’s democratic landscape. The increased engagement in the political discourse is a welcomed development considering 70 percent of the kingdom’s population is under the age... Read More
June 20, 2017
En Colombia, en medio de la guerra que hemos vivido por décadas, muchas personas han sido víctimas del conflicto. Sin embargo, la cifra de los jóvenes es devastadora, malos tratos, humillaciones e injusticias han sido la verdad oculta con la que han vivido por muchos años. Con el objetivo de... Read More
June 09, 2017
Tanzania, the largest nation in the East African Community, is an incredibly diverse country. It is home to approximately 125 different ethnic groups, large Christian and Muslim communities and more than 100 spoken languages. Tanzania is also an incredibly youthful country, with majority of the... Read More
June 05, 2017
Day two in Johannesburg—JoBurg, Jozy, or whatever you want to call this South African city playing host to our fourth Generation Democracy Conference. We kicked off the second day with an incredible session on media engagement and campaigning, led by the articulate Abella Batayunga of Tanzania... Read More
May 08, 2017
2016 was not a great year for freedom worldwide. As the 2017 Freedom in the World report noted, last year marked the... Read More
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

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