IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights

Publication Date: 
4 Jan 2017

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. Throughout the last three decades, IFES has supported citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.

As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:

  • Providing technical assistance to election officials
  • Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
  • Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle

To mark our 30th anniversary, we will feature 30 human interest stories throughout the year that illustrate the positive impact of IFES’ work. We encourage you to share these stories and personal voices and also invite you to explore our website and learn more about our programs.

Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.

Featured Story: Women Against Violence in Elections (WAVE)

Selima Ahmed, WAVE Supporter, Bangladesh

Through the Women Against Violence in Elections (WAVE) program, IFES is committed to empowering Bangladeshi women to end cycles of violence and become agents for change in peaceful elections. In her work as a business leader, and founder and president of the Bangladesh Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Selima Ahmed promotes equal opportunities for women.

In this video interview, Ahmed describes her work with IFES’ WAVE program and encourages her fellow business leaders to promote positive change in Bangladesh.

“Democracy brings equal opportunities for men and only men, and for women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh we need equal opportunities to build our capacity, to be economically empowered, to generate employment for this country, and also to raise our children. Without a peaceful election, democracy doesn't perform,” said Ahmed.

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