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January 08, 2019
When implementing programs focused on women’s empowerment, IRI recognizes that there is no one way to empower women. Cultural, political and economic norms vary from country to country and region to region, which affects what is both feasible and desirable for... Read More
October 28, 2015
Supported by the Women's Democracy Network (WDN), IRI facilitated a gender assessment of the recent Tanzania elections that took place on Sunday.  The assessment addressed the gaps in data collection around women’s participation in the electoral process... Read More
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Kathleen Schmermund

Program Officer, Africa Division
October 06, 2015
Sihem Bensedrine is a longtime advocate of human rights and a member of IRI’s International Advisory Council.  In her home country of Tunisia, she resisted the Ben Ali regime for decades and called for the world’s attention to the abuses of Tunisia’s police state.  Today, following... Read More
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Leo Siebert

Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Division
June 04, 2015
Today, there is a real need to define women’s political participation broader than just women serving in national office.  Political participation is also women’s leadership and engagement in decision making processes in their communities. Women’s role at the local level is critical. ... Read More
May 12, 2015
Every April Indonesia celebrates the life and work of Raden Ayu Kartini, known across Indonesia simply as Kartini.  Born in 1879, Kartini was a Javanese aristocrat who defied strict social norms that denied women access to education.  Kartini became a light for women who wanted to get... Read More
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Hasna Wihdatun Nikmah

Program Assistant, Indonesia
March 17, 2015
Through strategic partnerships, IRI’s work is enhanced by being able to offer a wealth of international perspectives.  Over the last year, IRI’s programs in Jordan and Morocco have benefitted greatly from a collaboration with the Eduardo Frei Foundation (... Read More
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Carrie Schenkel Reasonover

Senior Program Manager, Europe
March 13, 2015
As we reflect on the importance of International Women’s Day in 2015, it is important to consider the role that women play in the process of democratic nation-building across the world.  In the Middle East and North Africa, women activists in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Saudi Arabia (to name a few... Read More
March 13, 2015
It’s 11:40 p.m. and it’s quiet for a moment in our Washington, D.C. hotel room, which my fellow Program Assistant Megan and I have dubbed the “command center.”  For the sake of WDN’s international Women’s Day Conference though, we have ceased to be Program Assistants and have become logistics... Read More
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Emma Daniels

Program Assistant, Women's Democracy Network