Elections for All: Empowering the Underrepresented

Galleries Index

Equal Votes Equal Voices

March 20, 2014

IFES promotes equal rights and political participation for women around the world.

The full participation of women in political, social and economic life is beneficial to families, communities and nations. Women’s presence in leadership positions, along with gender-sensitive male counterparts, can play a critical role in increasing participation and developing a diversity of viewpoints in decision making. IFES empowers women throughout the world to play a stronger role in this process. This photo gallery highlights women as voters, community leaders and election officials. 

2013 Joe C. Baxter Award Ceremony

March 13, 2014

IFES honors the life-long work and efforts of Dr. Jørgen Elklit with the 2013 Joe C. Baxter Award. The award recognizes the contribution of a professional whose skills, dedication and sacrifices to the field of election administration epitomizes the mission of IFES and embodies the spirit of former IFES Senior Advisor for Election Administration Joe C. Baxter.


The reception and ceremony for Dr. Elklit was held at IFES’ headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2014. Members of the diplomatic community, U.S. Government, IFES’ Board of Directors and our partner organizations celebrated the achievements of Dr. Elklit.

Reaching Citizens

February 20, 2014

An informed citizenry is crucial for a vibrant and responsive democracy. IFES engages in a variety of civic education activities, including informing voters of their rights and responsibilities and empowering them to have a voice in the way they are governed. IFES uses a variety of innovative methods to reach citizens in rural and urban areas to raise their understanding and awareness of voting, elections, government, and the rights and responsibilities that each and every citizen has in a democracy. These photos underscore the impact citizens can have in their country. 

All Citizen Participation

2014 Thailand General Elections

February 20, 2014

On February 2, 2014, the world watched Thailand’s general election unfold within a tenuous political environment. One-tenth of polling stations throughout Thailand were closed on Election Day, and 28 of 375 constituencies had no candidates due to anti-election demonstrations.


Thailand is now in a position where it cannot currently produce enough legislators to seat the House of Representatives. Legal challenge by the opposition over the validity of the election is a possibility, as well as holding by-elections to fill the remaining seats.


The task of the Election Commission of Thailand under these circumstances is a formidable challenge. Never has the independence, neutrality and competence of commission been more important.

Remembering Yusdiana, A Passionate Disability Rights Advocate

January 15, 2014

Yusdiana, IFES’ and Indonesia Disabled People's Association's  Senior Disability Rights Adviser, used her experience, intelligence and optimism to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Southeast Asia’s political process. She passed away from surgery complications on December 28, 2013. This photo gallery captures her advocacy efforts and humanitarian spirit.

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Voters with Disabilities Beat Barriers

December 18, 2013

For many around the world, casting a ballot is taken for granted. However, when elections are inaccessible, citizens with disabilities might be left out. To increase voting accessibility for persons with disabilities – awareness-raising, advocacy and training are key. IFES strives to remove barriers that prohibit the full participation of persons with disabilities as voters and candidates in elections. These photos capture the involvement of persons with disabilities throughout the electoral cycle.

Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, All Inclusion and Empowerment, All Citizen Participation

A Milestone for Georgian Democracy: the 2013 Presidential Elections

November 21, 2013

On October 27, 2013, Georgia held presidential elections. These polls were peaceful and the results were largely accepted. This vote also resulted in the nation's second consecutive peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box, marking a historic day for all Georgians and an important step in the nation’s democratic development.

The gallery captures highlights from the pre-election period and Election Day.

IFES' 2013 Photography Contest Winners and Finalists

October 16, 2013

IFES hosts an annual Photo Contest to showcase photos of elections and democracy from around the world. This gallery features a small sampling of the winners and finalists from this year's contest.

The 2013 contest featured four categories to reflect IFES' four themes: Election Management, Electoral Integrity and Transparency, Citizen Participation, and Inclusion and Empowerment. 

A distinguished panel of judges looked at numerous pictures to select the winners. The judges were: Susan Biddle, former Washington Post and White House photographer; Laura Pohl, a documentary filmmaker and photographer; and Dmitry Shevkun, avid photographer as well as IFES Chief of Party in Kyrgyzstan.

Learn more about the photocontest.

For larger images please visit our Flickr.com set. 

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

IFES’ 2013 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards

September 27, 2013

IFES marked its’ annual Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards with a gala dinner ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., on September 24. This award underscores IFES’ belief that advancing good governance and democratic rights begins with empowerment of and active participation from citizens.

Each year, three honorees who are united by this belief gather with IFES friends and colleagues to celebrate democracy. This annual event brings together a diverse group of leaders, including ambassadors, government officials and business executives.

All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency, All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment

Past Recipients of IFES’ Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award

September 19, 2013

Charles T. Manatt Democracy Awards recognize the exceptional work of individuals who demonstrate a commitment to freedom and democracy. IFES presents the award annually to three individuals who exhibit the dedication to democracy and human rights embodied by the award's namesake, former IFES Board of Directors Chairman Charles T. Manatt.

The 2013 presentation of the awards will be on September 24, 2013, in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt. These photos highlight past recipients.

All Citizen Participation, All Inclusion and Empowerment, All Election Management, All Electoral Integrity and Transparency