Following independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukrainian women and men alike were eager to exercise newfound political rights. However, while there have been some examples of high-profile Ukrainian women in politics, on the whole women have remained significantly underrepresented in politics.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Dr. Fernanda Buril, a program officer for the Americas and electoral operations technical coordinator, reviewed The Credibility Challenge: How Democracy Aid Influences Election Violence for the Democratization Journal.
The Russian Federation has been using various tools and strategies to destabilize democratic or democratizing governments across Europe and Eurasia and encourage the rise of populist, anti-democratic regimes. Its efforts have accelerated in recent years and will likely continue to intensify.
While progress has been achieved since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, women in Iraq remain on the margins of political life and are excluded from decision-making processes that affect them. Decisions made and policies implemented by government institutions help shape perceptions of the roles that women and men play in Iraqi society and determine their access to rights and resources.
Earlier this year, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) Voter Registration Expert Steven Canham and Electoral Technical Assistance Expert Nermin Nisic conducted an assessment of voter registration in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This assessment included an evaluation of current practices and challenges in compiling and managing the voter registry.
Social media has transformed politics, opening space for dialogue and creating new pathways for citizen involvement and education. Political engagement has also been plagued by the misuse and abuse of new information communication technologies (ICTs).
In recent years, the prevalence of disinformation, particularly through social media, and its threat to the integrity of elections have become an issue of global concern. While this space is rapidly changing and developing, a better definition of problems and terms, and a deeper understanding of the challenge that social media disinformation poses to electoral integrity are needed.
On March 20, Saba, a special municipality in the Caribbean Netherlands, held elections for Island Council and the Netherlands Senate Electoral College.
Group of Influence Ukraine Executive Director Tetyana Durnyeva, International Foundation for Electoral Systems Senior International Adviser Harald Hartvig Jepsen and independent consultant Hannah Roberts contributed an article on “IDPs’ Electoral Participation Gap” to Volume 9, Issue 1 of the Journal of Internal Displaceme
I joined IFES in November 2018 and am grateful for the Board of Directors’ confidence in my leadership, the warm welcome I have received from colleagues across the organization and former President and CEO Bill Sweeney’s leadership.