IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights
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’s Empowerment, U.S. Member of Congress
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, United States
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) is a renowned advocate for gender equality who also played a key role in the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 after a five-year tenure at the Houston City Council. Over the years, she has served on various Committees including Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and Judiciary. In addition, she co-chairs numerous Congressional Caucuses including those of Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In partnership with IFES, she hosts the bimonthly breakfast series on “Women, Peace and Security.” The series explores current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. In recognition of her work, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee received IFES’ 2016 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award.
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.