The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) includes gender equality and women’s empowerment programming as a key facet of its democracy-building work in countries transitioning from violent conflict to more stable political processes.
All countries have a legal foundation, generally consisting of a founding document, such as a constitution, and the laws passed by the national legislature and other levels of law-making authority. These laws function in a hierarchy, which determines how they rank in authority and how the authority and scope of each level is derived from the constitution.
Twenty-seven percent of the population in Kosovo is between 15 and 29 years old, and young people are critical to political and electoral processes in the country.
According to the World Health Organization, persons with disabilities make up approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, with an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 in Kosovo.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) recognizes that violence against women in elections is a threat to the integrity of the electoral process – it can affect women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists, and political party leaders, and it undermines the free, fair, and inclusive democratic process.
Following the historic 2015 elections in Myanmar, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) published five reports that provide important data on the accomplishments of the 2015 elections and outline recommendations for the 2020 electoral cycle.
In Bangladesh, there is broad consensus that women’s political participation is necessary for both the democratic development of the country as well as women’s empowerment. Indeed, Bangladesh has demonstrated some success in increasing the number of elected female representatives over the years.
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.
With IFES engaged in historic elections around the globe and major organizational developments, 2015 was a busy and productive year. We worked with national election management bodies, partner organizations, other electoral stakeholders and citizens to ensure a vote for every voice.