International Foundation for Electoral Systems (Women’s Empowerment programs)

Untitled-9The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works to support citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. One of the organization’s areas of focus is it’s “Women’s Empowerment” issue area, which focuses on women’s political participation and leadership. 

Women and girls are often burdened by competing priorities and excessive household responsibilities that take away time and potential interest from political activities. As an effective and valuable leader in inclusive democracy and governance, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works to fortify women in political and electoral processes as candidates and elected leaders, technical experts in elections, engaged civil society leaders and informed voters. IFES implements innovative women’s empowerment activities to increase women’s political participation and leadership.

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The World Justice Project

Untitled-7The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world.

The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical programs at the community level.

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Women’s Campaign International

Untitled-3In partnership with local women and civil society organizations, Women’s Campaign International designs programs that are tailor-made to meet the needs of specific groups of women in communities around the world. Their programs help women find their voices by providing trainings and offering technical assistance in four core areas including political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment and civic participation. 

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Women’s Learning Partnership

Untitled-1Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is dedicated to women’s leadership and empowerment. It works with 20 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim-majority societies, to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies.

They strongly believe that women, working in partnership, will learn the skills and implement the strategies needed to secure human rights, contribute to the development of their communities, and ultimately create a more peaceful world.

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Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society to Counter Global Violent Extremism

This U.S.-Islamic World Forum paper discusses the role of Pakistani civil society organizations (CSOs) in countering violent extremism (CVE). CSOs have taken the lead in CVE as a result of the government of Pakistan’s inability to do so. Despite the development of innovative, grassroots peacebuilding initiatives to counter violent extremism, CSOs’ social, financial, and political challenges preclude them from creating a nationwide movement. This report discusses these challenges, and offers suggestions on what can be done by the United States and the international community to combat them. Recommendations for developing national and provincial strategies to empower civil society’s CVE efforts are also made. Read full paper.

Promoting democracy by supporting grassroots movements

Looking for peace? Strong economies? Healthy and well-educated populations? Democratic governance will get you some. And one of the most effective ways to achieve democratic governance is through non-violent movements. While Rambo-esque, gun-toting, dictator-toppling militias capture headlines, grassroots activists who agitate for change are the true — albeit unsung — heroes. Research shows that democratic regimes that experienced non-violent resistance during the transition phase survive substantially longer than regimes without this characteristic. So why aren’t we supporting civil society actors who promote democratic, accountable governance? Maria Stephan and Erin Mazursky argue that considering the current climate where regimes are pushing back against activists,  the U.S. Government, its democratic allies, and non-governmental partners need to update how they support activists. They also explain how. Read full article.