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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 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 05, 2016
On December 7, Ghanaians will vote in their seventh general elections since the return of democratic rule in 1992. These highly anticipated and closely watched elections will cap off an interesting year for electoral contests in Africa; highlighted most recently by the Gambia’s December 1... 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 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
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
August 24, 2016
On this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, we thought we’d take a moment to share some things you might not have known about IRI’s longstanding support to Ukraine.   Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and IRI opened... 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

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