WDN Marks International Women’s Day by Honoring Women Parliamentarians

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) celebrated International Women’s Day with the release of a video highlighting three incredible women leaders from Ukraine, Tanzania and Guatemala. Each woman overcame the odds to become members of parliament, and shared their journey as members of WDN, the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) women’s empowerment initiative. The video kicks off WDN’s digital campaign, “She Speaks. She Votes. She Leads. We are all Heard.”

“The stories shared by these inspiring parliamentarians testify to the impact women can have when they connect with their greatest resource: each other,” said WDN Director Valerie Dowling. “We’re excited to celebrate International Women’s Day by honoring their achievements, and look forward to showcasing the work of so many other members of our network through this digital campaign.”

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About the Women’s Democracy Network

Established by the International Republican Institute in 2006, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) believes that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women. WDN empowers women around the world to participate in the political process and help them gain the skills needed to take on greater leadership roles in government, political parties and civil society. WDN connects aspiring and accomplished women leaders across the globe, creating forums for sharing ideas and experiences, providing technical training and resource materials. 

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