On August 21, 2017, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ambar Zobairi gave a key note speech on violence against women in elections.
On September 22, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Morocco released an updated version of its electoral lexicon mobile phone app. The app, named صوتي حقي , or “My Vote, My Right,” is an accessible civic education tool created for Moroccan citizens, particularly for those in the Deaf community.
In August 2017, the State Election Commission of Macedonia (SEC), in collaboration with eight civil society organizations, including disabled people’s organizations, the Ministry for Labour and Social Policy, the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), carried out the first nationwide polling station accessibility audit
“A hackathon creates a space for exchanging ideas and expanding your network,” declared Ahmed, a Tunisian from the Nabeul governorate who participated in the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) first Hack4Democracy (H4D) camp. “At first, [a H4D camp] doesn’t seem very different from a standard hackathon.
In 2007, the United Nations declared September 15 International Day of Democracy, with the aim of promoting and protecting democratic principles. At the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), we have supported these principles for three decades, working to ensure that every voice has a vote.
On September 7, 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) hosted a delegation of eight Egyptian college students to discuss IFES’ projects in Egypt and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Women with disabilities encounter multiple barriers and discrimination as a result of their gender and because they have a disability. Women with disabilities may be further marginalized from the political process; they are less likely to be educated than others and less likely to have access to decision-making authorities.
In July 2017, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), working closely with the National Elections Commission of Liberia (NEC) Gender Section, developed new tools to enhance the engagement of persons with disabilities in political life.
On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, members of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) Africa team delivered books collected for its Mandela Day Book Drive to Turner Elementary School in neighboring Congress Heights.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is deeply saddened by the passing of Uva Provincial Councillor Senarath Attanayake. He died in Colombo, Sri Lanka on August 29. Our sincerest thoughts are with his wife, Lasanthi, daughter Chetianga, and the rest of his family and friends.