IFES Annual Report 2015

In our latest Annual Report we describe how IFES partners with election management bodies and civil society to ensure a vote for every voice. We are committed to protecting and promoting the right to vote as a fundamental human right.

What’s Going on at IFES?

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Egypt’s National Council for Disability Affairs hosted a conference in Cairo on April 12 and 13, 2016 on electoral access for persons with disabilities, with over 180 participants in attendance.

More than one year after the start of the conflict in Yemen, fighting continues between pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi militias allied with armed forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. This comprehensive technical assessment of electoral process options, and the associated pros, cons, and ramifications of each, is intended to inform discussions among and between local and international stakeholders. 

From April 18-20, 2016 InterAction, a Washington, D.C.-based organization of more than 180 members from the NGO community, hosted its annual forum. The theme of the 2016 Forum was “Engage; Learn; Build” and offered attendees more than 50 workshops, four high-level plenary sessions, as well as numerous other opportunities for participants to engage with colleagues and partners in a stimulating professional environment. The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) participated substantively in this year’s event both by co-hosting a workshop and providing an IFES expert as a discussant on an externally-hosted panel.

IFES Champions #HerVoteHerVoice

IFES seeks to address how men and women can work together in leadership, particularly when a country is in the midst of conflict or undergoing a political transition, by developing a Male Allies for Leadership Equality training curriculum. Following a first round of focus group discussions with Syrians living in Gaziantep, Turkey, IFES met with a wide variety of Nigerian stakeholders in an effort to understand if and how male and female leaders were working together given the progress Nigeria’s institutions have made on gender equality and women’s empowerment. 

On March 23, 2016, IFES and the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) hosted “Women with Disabilities: Strengthening Roles and Responsibilities in Peacebuilding and Politics,” the fifth installment of the “Women, Peace and Security” Capitol Hill breakfast briefing series.

Irena Hadžiabdić, an Election Commissioner for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Central Election Commission and an IFES Board Director, was a special guest at the National Democratic Institute’s #Not the Cost Conference. Hadžiabdić was there to introduce IFES’ new “Reducing Election Violence Against Women” (REVAW) framework.

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