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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 21, 2016
Last week The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) in partnership with Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) hosted the “Women, Peace & Security Conference” in Belfast, Northern Ireland. WDN, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year,... Read More
November 10, 2016
Ten years ago the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) started with a goal of increasing women’s political and civic leadership. WDN accomplishes this goal by linking these women with peers their countries who share similar struggles, they then create WDN country... Read More
July 08, 2016
When asked to rank which local issues should top their municipality’s list of priorities, Jordanians consistently list “city cleanliness” near the very top. There are many reasons why cities have problems with litter, and most are difficult and costly to tackle. These reasons include: an... Read More
March 23, 2016
With a constitution that provides for gender equality and prohibits discrimination against women, parity still evades Ugandan women in politics. Uganda has a constitutional quota, which provides for affirmative action for women. In line with the quota system, women comprise thirty-five percent of... Read More
March 08, 2016
In 2016, IRI is celebrating a monumental initiative—an initiative that has changed the status quo for women and girls in every region of the world. The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) was launched in 2006, founded in idealism, perhaps, but grounded in the firm... Read More
March 08, 2016
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a program for women elected to Libya’s municipal councils.   The program, hosted by IRI, brought together 12 women from across Libya to share experiences, challenges and network with one another. I want to take this opportunity to share some of the... Read More
December 02, 2015
More than one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Around the world, persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and discriminatory barriers that often exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal... Read More
Posted by

Morgan Martinez

Deputy Director, External Affairs
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
Posted by

Andy Yates

Resident Program Officer, Jordan
October 20, 2015
This month marks an important date for women - fifteen years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution #1325 (UNSCR 1325).  Then for the first time the United Nations’ system recognized the role of women in preventing conflict and ensuring peace.  Today, the... Read More
Posted by

Erika Veberyte

Senior Advisor to the President for International and Women’s Organizations