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.
In recent years, there has been some progress in the participation of women in public life in Kosovo.
The crisis in Syria is a hardship for men, women, boys and girls who struggle to subsist amid a brutal conflict with widespread and indiscriminate violence. Men are disappearing from their communities into the fog of war, and boys are preparing to join them.
Elections – be they presidential, parliamentary or for local offices – are complex undertakings.
In 2015, an assessment was carried out to determine how accessible Ukrainian political processes were for persons with disabilities. The research focused on an analysis of international and national legal instruments used in Ukraine such as the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Constitution of Ukraine.
Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) is in the process of drafting new national voter registration procedures.
The U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Election Access Working Group in Kosovo is a multi-stakeholder working group supported by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Kosovo Democratic Institute that aims to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in electoral processes and public life.
In the Maldives, as in all countries around the world, women’s interest and ability to participate in the political process is impacted by a combination of legal, political, social, economic and cultural factors.