The International Republican Institute, Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) and Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) join people around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.  Although women have made tremendous progress, much work remains to ensure that our daughters and granddaughters are able to fully participate in the political processes of their countries and communities.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, WDN is hosting its annual conference in Washington, DC hosting women elected officials and civil society leaders from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Mali, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Sudan, Syria and Tunisia.  The women will participate in workshops focusing on the role and responsibilities of legislators and the role civil society leaders play in holding governments and elected officials accountable.  A highlight of the program will be attending the International Women of Courage Award ceremony at the U.S. State Department.

AWLI members will be celebrating the day by hosting community events, encouraging women to get involved politically and civilly and highlighting the achievements of women leaders.

For 30 years, IRI has worked with women all over the world as they run for political office, strengthen government institutions and improve their communities and countries.  In 2006, IRI established WDN to empower women from around the world to greater activism and leadership in public life.  To date, the Network is active in 61 countries worldwide and features 14 country chapters.

WDN achieves its goals by connecting women to their best resources: themselves.  WDN programming connects aspiring and accomplished women leaders within and across regions to foster mentoring relationships and the sharing of best practices, and conducts skills-building trainings to provide women with the tools they need to participate effectively in the public arena.

AWLI was established in 2008 to empower women and strengthen their leadership role in the Arab region.  AWLI roots its foundation in the belief that the implementation of democracy in the Arab world is only possible with the integral participation of women in all sectors, including cultural, economic, political and social.

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