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March 16, 2017
“She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We Are All Heard.” celebrates women’s leadership through stories told by inspiring women. Julia Maria Rodríguez from Guatemala shares her story about the first time she voted.      Read More
December 28, 2016
A talented young woman from the Orjan district of Al-Oyoun, Jordan, Nihad Bani Sa’eed, is an impressive new graduate of IRI’s Empower program. (Lean more about our Empower program here) “I gained a lot of life skills that... Read More
December 07, 2016
Yesterday, Ghanaians went to the polls to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, against a backdrop of an underperforming economy and an increasingly polarized political cycle. We had a team on the... Read More
December 05, 2016
In the United States, partisan politics has hit one of its highest points of polarization in decades. Elected officials in Washington, D.C. remain sorted into their respective camps increasingly in the workplace as well as social situations. While “the aisle” sometimes appears to be more of a... 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
October 04, 2016
It’s not everyday that we get to share the personal stories of people who want to run for office and serve their country. Much of our work focuses on supporting aspiring candidates through workshops or helping elected officials engage citizens but storytelling sometimes gets lost in the day-to-day... Read More
September 22, 2016
Since Indonesia adopted a gender-quota law for elections in 2003, and strengthened it five years later, the number of women elected to the 560-seat House of Representatives, or DPR, had increased, from 11% in 2004 to more than 18% in 2009.  Unfortunately, instead of taking advantage of the... 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
February 16, 2016
On February 18, Ugandans will go to the polls for the third general election since the country’s return to multi-party politics in 2005.  With a national median age near 16, this will be an important democratic moment for young Ugandans, many of whom are voting for the first time or standing... Read More
December 08, 2015
The November 8 elections in Burma have ushered in a number of significant changes to country’s political landscape. The National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will hold the majority seats in both houses of the national parliament giving it the power to choose the next president.... Read More
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Steve Cima

Resident Country Director, Burma

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