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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
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
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
October 31, 2017
WDN and IRI held a multi-party training for young women in Ohrid, Macedonia. The training focused on leadership skills and local governance to prepare the young women to become more involved in local elections. Aurore Bergé, a newly elected Member of the French Assembly and spokesperson for “La... Read More
August 14, 2017
Across Moldova, corruption is seen as a very big issue. According to recent IRI polling data, 62% of Moldovans feel that their country is on the wrong track—a sentiment that fuels... Read More
May 26, 2017
Women’s voices are still missing in the political spear worldwide. For any country to achieve and sustain a full democracy woman must have the opportunity to participate in the political process. Some might ask why this is important. To them I ask, “What is democracy? Is it people for the people,... 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 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

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