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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
August 19, 2016
Women around the world are breaking the glass ceiling in politics.  Amazing, competent, motivated women are leading the way for others. So why don’t we hear about them? Many women say that even after they are elected their voices still go unheard and their contributions are too often... Read More
March 21, 2016
Once women gain leadership roles they change the way policy is created.   In 1985, Grace Saltzstein found a strong statistical significance between the presence of a female mayor and the proportion of female administrators, managers and other non-clerical positions.  There was not only... Read More
March 20, 2016
Every year, on 8 March, we celebrate International Women's Day. This day is not about flowers and chocolates, but about highlighting the existing global gender disparities and the need to push for gender equality and equal rights between women and men in all societies. The work to achieve the... Read More
March 17, 2016
Fifty percent of Afghan girls who are forced into marriage are sixteen years old or younger. Afghanistan has been described as, "the worst nation in the world to be a woman." Many women live in fear, every single day. Additionally, many areas throughout the country still condemn education and... Read More
March 14, 2016
Increasing women’s meaningful participation, voice, and influence in the political system and surrounding institutions is critical to achieving a truly representative democracy.  According to the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Gender Gap Index the average national-level legislature is... Read More
March 10, 2016
Following a non-binding recommendation (2004) and then binding legislation (2009) on a 30% quota for female candidates, women’s participation in government increased.  Unfortunately, Indonesia’s 2014 national legislative elections marked the first elections in 15 years that reduced the number... 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
March 07, 2016
More than 20 years ago, in September 1995, world leaders, activists, and NGO’s gathered in Beijing for the Fourth World Conference on Women. The outcome of that conference, The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, set the stage for most of the work around the world on advancing women’s... Read More