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Young Pakistani Girls from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Fight for their Rights, Despite Obstacles

By Saba Ismail, Aware Girls Executive Director and National Endowment for Democracy Hurford Youth Fellow at the World Youth Movement for Democracy     Pakistani society is a tribal, feudal, patriarchal, male-dominated and a religiously extremist society affecting the life of Pakistani women. Democracy requires informed participation of the public, and ignoring participation of more than half of the population […]

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Categories: Asia, Spotlight, Youth

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Happy International Women’s Day! Watch IWDN Secretariat’s New Documentary on the Backlash Against Women’s Rights Following the Arab Spring

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Women’s Learning Partnership, the International Women’s Democracy Network Secretariat, is pleased to hold today the online world premiere of Because Our Cause Is Just WLP’s new documentary on the backlash against women’s rights in the Middle East/North Africa region. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FILM Film runs 35 minutes   The […]

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Categories: Conflict & Transitions, Middle East & North Africa, Resources, Spotlight

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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Uganda: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Perry Aritua, Executive Director,Women’s Democracy Network Uganda Country Chapter, Uganda An abbreviated version of this presentation was delivered during the fifth convening of the International Women’s Democracy Network during the World Movement for Democracy’s Seventh Assembly in Lima, Peru in October 2012. Opportunities Friendly legislative framework that provides for affirmative action in the Uganda Constitution of […]

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Categories: Africa, Political Participation & Quotas, Spotlight

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IWDN Member Beth Davis Interviews Guatemalan Women’s Rights Activist on Women’s Empowerment

International Women’s Democracy Network member Beth Davis interviews Guatemalan women’s rights activist Mildre Yaxon, of Oxlajuj B’atz’, or Thirteen Threads, on challenges and opportunities to women’s empowerment in Guatemala. Guatemala is currently ranked the most violent country against women in Latin America and has one of the highest rates of violence against women in the world. In […]

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Categories: Americas, Empowerment & Skills, Interviews, Spotlight

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Women’s Political and Civic Participation in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges to the Full Realization of Democracy

By Mma Odi, Executive Director, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, Nigeria An abbreviated version of this presentation was delivered during the fifth convening of the International Women’s Democracy Network during the World Movement for Democracy’s Seventh Assembly in Lima, Peru in October 2012. Background: The low level of political and civic participation of women in […]

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‘I have the courage to be president’ says Aung San Suu Kyi

Although the 2015 general election is still three years away, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said last week she is ready to be the country’s next president if the people want her to take the job. “As the leader of a political party, I must have the courage to be […]

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Categories: Asia, Conflict & Transitions, Political Participation & Quotas, Spotlight