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March 05, 2019
“Being here brings us another opportunity; not only to learn from one another but also to grow together,” Peruvian Vice President and Member of Congress Mercedes Araoz reflected as she addressed 22 women members of parliament from ten countries during the closing of the weeklong House Democracy... Read More
January 02, 2019
Kerez Temirbekova fought breast cancer once already. She struggled against it all alone, and “almost won,” as she puts it. But that partial success cost a lot. In addition to the physical pain and emotional anguish of dealing with a cancer diagnosis, she was forced to sell her apartment to pay for... Read More
December 12, 2018
The International Republican Institute established the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) nearly one decade ago. Founded in 2008, AWLI has brought together over one hundred women across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region based on one simple... Read More
October 18, 2018
Five years ago, the Kenyan government plunged into one of the most ambitious devolution processes in the world.  As a result, more women hold local level government positions today than at any other time in Kenya’s 50-year history.... Read More
October 05, 2018
As violence continues to disrupt daily Cameroon life in several parts of the country, the work of women leaders proceeds to march towards a more inclusive political process. Over the past year and a half, violence has increased in the central African country of Cameroon. The conflict dates back to... Read More
August 17, 2018
Convened by IRI, Ghanaian national and regional women political party leaders will gather in Accra, Ghana on August 17 and 18 to discuss the barriers to women’s full participation in political parties. Despite Ghana’s strong democratic progress over the past two... Read More
August 13, 2018
In 1960, the island nation of Sri Lanka made history when Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female prime minister. Despite this achievement towards women’s... Read More
May 25, 2018
I recently traveled to Ghana as an observer to support IRI’s research project on identifying the barriers to women’s participation in political parties. This was my second trip to Ghana, having first visited this thriving democracy in 2016 when I served as part of a delegation that conducted a pre-... Read More
May 23, 2018
As the looming issue of rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign fighters begins to saturate the Western Balkans, policy leaders are grappling to understand and identify early warning signs that lead to radicalization, learning the dynamics and profiles of those vulnerable to radicalization, and... Read More
April 10, 2018
As a key bridge between citizens and decision-makers, strengthening civil society supports a citizen-oriented and citizen-driven approach to promoting democracy. To this end, IRI’s Civil Society Community of Practice is conducting a series of interviews with current and former civil society... Read More

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