"I would like to spend time advocating for women's issues in Libya and work on improving their rights in our newfound democracy."– Noura Mohamed Al-Tabalgi, Office of the Prime Minister of Libya
Southeast Asia is home to an estimated 90 million persons with disabilities, 15 percent of the region’s total population. They face many barriers in their daily lives. None more so than when it comes to exercising their most fundamental right as citizens. All too often, persons with disabilities are not included in the political lives of their country on an equal basis with others.
Egypt has been undergoing a tumultuous, uncertain democratic transition for more than two years. Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egyptians organized and participated in mass protests to oust President Hosni Mubarak.
In August 2012, IFES Senior Political Finance Adviser Magnus Ohman performed an analysis of the regulatory framework governing campaign finance in Ukraine. His report assesses the compliance of Ukrainian laws with international standards and makes recommendations for improvement.
Ukraine’s current Presidential Election Law was adopted in 1999 and has been amended a number of times since then, most significantly in 2004 and 2009. Since then, it has been criticized by international organizations and domestic experts.
A guiding principle of democracy is social and political inclusion. However, the full participation of women in public life is an ongoing issue in many countries, and Honduras is no exception, despite progress made in recent years.
Since its birth, South Sudan has taken progressive steps toward creating an inclusive government – attempting to achieve gender equality in all levels of government.
Following the 2010 local elections in Ukraine, observers were critical of the Law on Local Elections, which many believed facilitated irregularities in the poll.
Money in politics, or political finance, is linked to key aspects of any modern society. Management of political finance is necessary for credible and genuine elections and electoral campaigns because it has the potential to skew competition between contestants. Proper management ensures the country is governed effectively; however, corruption can easily damage good governance.
In 1998, Indonesia – one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries – transitioned into its second democratic period after 31 years under a dictatorship. Suharto’s fall unleashed long-simmering ethnic tensions that killed at least 10,000 people between 1997 and 2002.