News and Updates Feature IFES' Approach to Supporting Indigenous Political Rights To better inform policy discussions, IFES facilitates comparative research and dialogue on challenges and innovation in elections and the rights of indigenous peoples. IFES also assists countries to meet United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples standards by holding inclusive national and local elections that respect language and traditional political institutions and practices.
Since 1987, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has worked in over 145 countries to advance good governance and democratic rights. Although IFES is not currently engaged in programming in this country, previous work, research and/or other relevant items are highlighted below.
News and Updates Feature IFES Celebrates International Women's Day 2019 To build a sustainable, inclusive democracy, women must be able to equally and meaningfully participate in public life as voters, candidates, election officials and in a variety of other roles. On this International Women’s Day, IFES stands with women’s activists and leaders around the globe to #BalanceForBetter to build a more gender-balanced world.
News and Updates Interview/Speech/Testimony IFES Testifies to Canadian Parliament on Engagement in International Democracy Assistance On February 22, IFES Gender Advisor Dr. Gabrielle Bardall submitted written testimony to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, calling the government of Canada to champion inclusive democracy building around the world.
News and Updates Feature Quebec’s Historic 2018 Elections and the Network of Francophone Election Administrators IFES was honored to participate in an international visitors’ program on the occasion of Quebec’s 42nd general elections from September 28 to October 3, in Quebec City, Canada. The 2018 elections marked a historical shift in the Quebecois political landscape.
News and Updates Feature Increasing Election Access for Saskatchewan Citizens with Disabilities Saskatchewan, a large prairie province in central Canada, is home to more than 180,000 persons with disabilities. Elections Saskatchewan – which is responsible for managing the province’s elections – used feedback from disability rights organizations, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy to improve election accessibility for voters with disabilities in the province’s 28th general election, which occurred on April 4, 2016.
News and Updates Feature IFES Observes Voting on First Nations Reserves in Saskatchewan, Canada On April 4, 2016, voters in Saskatchewan, Canada went to the polls to elect 61 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to represent their constituencies on the provincial level. IFES was invited by Elections SK to observe voting in new polling stations on First Nations reserves outside of Regina, the province’s capital, and La Ronge, a community in central Saskatchewan.
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