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What’s Going on at IFES?
IFES’ “International Language Guidelines on Disability” includes terminology related to electoral access and inclusion in seven languages (Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, English, French, Kyrgyz, Russian, and Spanish). IFES compiled standard disability terminology after working with disabled people’s organizations around the world to empower them to participate in inclusive elections. The publication also includes definitions of common election access vocabulary such as accessible formats, reasonable accommodations, and universal design.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) piloted a new module of its “Leadership in Electoral Administration Program" (LEAP) in Colombo for the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL) as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded “Improved Election Management Program” on January 17 and 18.
In an effort to better understand and address the ways in which electoral violence creates a barrier to women’s participation, IFES has developed the Violence Against Women in Elections (VAWIE) Framework to specifically identify and address the unique issues related to gender-based election violence.
IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights
Beverly G. Hagerdon, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Sri Lanka Chief of Party, has 18 years of experience working in the election field, including in the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Philippines, the Maldives, Pakistan, Jordan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, South Africa and Indonesia.
In this video interview, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee discusses the role IFES plays in empowering women around the world and gives advice for women and girls seeking to become leaders.
When IFES first encountered Azamat Karabotoev in the summer of 2013, he was a quiet teenager from the Talas region of Kyrgyzstan. Like over 2,000 other Kyrgyzstani youth before him, Azamat participated in an IFES Democracy Camp.