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March 21, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Senator Christina Diaz from Mexico shares her story about a time she took the lead.   Read More
March 20, 2017
Dinara Habibullaieva is a proactive young twenty-three-year-old who gets inspiration from helping achieve results for a better Ukraine. Dinara is an assistant to a Member of Ukraine’s Parliament in Kyiv.  However, back in her home town of Dnipro, Dinara also leads the youth wing of the BPP... Read More
March 15, 2017
Have you heard them speak? Have you seen them lead? Maybe not. Yet, even in a country where political freedoms are constrained, Cuban women manage to do both. Here are a few of their stories. Take the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White) — female activists whose spouses were jailed for opposing 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
February 20, 2017
With the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI has launched a program designed to strengthen the participation of Libyan women in their country’s political process, as candidates, political activists and elected officials. This new project is designed to provide training on... Read More
December 21, 2016
On December 7, I was deployed as part of an IRI team that conducted an Election Day assessment of women’s participation in Ghana’s electoral process. I was deployed to Ghana’s Northern Region. During my trip, I had the opportunity to meet and interview women to get a better understanding of their... 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 08, 2016
Touted as one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, the passage of the Constitution in 2010 brought with it great promise and high expectations for Kenyans. With a comprehensive Bill of Rights and a special emphasis on economic, social and cultural rights, the Constitution places... Read More
November 23, 2016
From November 2-8, 2016, I travelled to Morocco on behalf of the Women’s Democracy Network. My first trip to the field since joining IRI in June, I went to conduct interviews with politically active women in the towns of Rabat and Essaouira for a gender assessment. WDN’s standardized gender... 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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