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March 05, 2018
In honor of International Women's Day, the Women's Democracy Network (WDN) will feature four of our members from around the world. Each woman comes from a different background and has a different story, but they embody many of same qualities; determination, passion... 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
January 29, 2018
Tanja Tomic, a former member of the Macedonia Parliament, is a member of the Women’s Democracy Network– in fact, she attended WDN’s inaugural Europe regional conference in Skopje in 2005. Tanja has served as a trainer and facilitator for WDN throughout the years... 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
July 13, 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
June 22, 2017
IRI’s Young Women Lead! program brings together promising young Thai women to listen to the personal testimonials of inspiring women from Thailand and the wider international community who have broken through barriers associated with traditional gender stereotypes to flourish in their careers.... Read More
June 20, 2017
Women need a seat at the political table and IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) helps make that happen. To increase women’s participation in the political process WDN develops the leadership skills of women and strengthens the ability of women to compete in... 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