Revolution or Resolution: Is Ukraine Poised for Change?
January 28, 2014
Ukraine finds itself in unchartered, unstable territory. The EuroMaidan protests – triggered by the government's last minute decision not to sign the European Union Association Agreement – have been continuously stoked, most recently by the passage of legislation curtailing rights of civil society and freedoms of assembly and association. Spiraling in recent days from a mostly peaceful movement into violent conflict in many regions, the changing nature and final outcome of this popular resistance is uncertain. Please watch our panel of experts discuss these issues and more.
Protests in Ukraine: Their Effects on Elections
December 27, 2013
In this podcast, IFES Chief of Party in Ukraine, David Ennis sheds light on the current demonstrations by drawing on insight provided by two decades of IFES public opinion polls in the country. He also reflects on what demonstrations could mean for Ukraine's political prospects and how credible elections. are the most constructive way of resolving cleavages within societies.
Reflecting on Human Rights: A Look at 2013
December 10, 2013
As we celebrate International Human Rights Day here at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), we take this opportunity to reflect on 2013 and share some of our biggest successes in protecting the rights of individuals around the globe. Join us as we review our work in a year-end video, which highlights stories about safeguarding the right to vote and building sustainable democracies worldwide.
Transition at a Crossroads: Moving Beyond the GCC Agreement in Yemen
December 09, 2013
In late 2011, Yemeni political leaders and stakeholders endorsed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Agreement, which laid out a two-year roadmap for resolving Yemen's political paralysis. The agreement scripted a process with an inclusive National Dialogue, a new constitution, a constitutional referendum and national elections to move the country forward. Two years later, it is likely the initial timeframe will expire without a referendum and without elections. Please view a panel discussion on these timely issues, the overall political environment in Yemen, the potential impact on the electoral process and the ongoing role of the international community.
Collaboration to Ensure Access: Crosscutting work in Myanmar
November 21, 2013
As Myanmar continues to develop and reform its electoral processes, it is important that all segments of the population, including women and persons with disabilities, are taken into consideration and their voices are included in the reform process. Paul Guerin, IFES Chief of Party in Myanmar, and Bill Sweeney, IFES President and CEO, talk about the challenges that these marginalized populations face when it comes to inclusion and the success that they have achieved so far.
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities,
All Inclusion and Empowerment
In Post-Election Georgia, A New Outlook for Women
November 11, 2013
Georgia's October 2013 presidential election resulted in the nation's second consecutive peaceful transfer of power through the ballot box. Although women have made strides in political participation during the last decade, they continue to face obstacles in establishing themselves as elected leaders at local and national level. Watch a panel discussion about the current and future state of women's empowerment in Georgia.
All Inclusion and Empowerment
Women’s Political Participation in Libya: Progress and Pitfalls
November 06, 2013
It is crucial that women’s voices are heard as Libya codifies human rights in national legislation and establishes government institutions. This panel centers on the current situation in Libya for women as leaders, advocates and active participants in the country’s transition. Speakers highlight IFES’ 2013 Libya Status of Women Survey, which reveals public opinion of women’s political and economic standing; first-hand experiences; and success stories about increasing women’s engagement.