Global Expertise. Local Solutions. Sustainable Democracy.
Deputy Regional Director, Asia
Vasu Mohan has over 12 years of experience in democracy, governance and human rights programming in Asia with a specific focus on political, social and legal empowerment of the disenfranchised – youth, women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
Live from the Pacific Islands: IFES Produces Radio Spots for Women
May 14, 2013
Radio is one of the most effective ways to spread a message in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. With this in mind, IFES developed radio campaigns to promote gender equality. The campaigns are part of IFES’ work in the island nations where women face inferior treatment, violence and lack of representation at the political level.
All Election Management
From Victim to Advocate: Ruby Matane Advocates for Women
April 17, 2013
Being from Papua New Guinea – a country where women lack social and legal equality and are often the victims of violence – Ruby Matane knows the importance of standing up for herself. Keen to further develop her skills to help her community and advance the rights of women, in early 2013, Matane took part in IFES’ lobbying training session as part of IFES’ Women Advocating for Voices in Government program in the Pacific Islands.
All Inclusion and Empowerment,
All Citizen Participation
CEDAW’s 33rd Anniversary: IFES Reflects on Efforts to End Discrimination against Women
December 18, 2012
December 18, 2012, marks the 33rd anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In honor of this special day, IFES colleagues from around the world share their thoughts on gender discrimination in their countries and how they are working to overcome it.
All Inclusion and Empowerment
CEDAW Anniversary: Helping Women Reach Their Potential in the Pacific Islands
Discrimination against women in the Pacific Islands takes many forms. Women do not have the same economic opportunities as men, and women are not treated equally in the workplace. Lauren Sauer, IFES program officer, talks about IFES' work to help women in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands play a larger role in public life.
Elections in Papua New Guinea: 2012 National General Elections
June 21, 2012
Elections in Papua New Guinea: 2012 National General Elections answers frequently asked questions about the electoral system in the Pacific island nation and the political context of this year's elections.
PNG Looks to Improve Campaign Finance Practices
June 18, 2012
Money often plays a significant role in politics by influencing electoral outcomes and the quality of democracy and governance around the world. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is no exception.
All Electoral Integrity and Transparency
A Worthy Fight: Helping Increase Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea
March 22, 2012
Lauren Sauer, IFES Program Officer for Europe and Asia, spent International Women’s Day in Papua New Guinea, where IFES is implementing the Women Advocating for Voices in Government (WAVIG) program to increase the participation and representation of women in politics by building their capacity to influence decision makers and advocate for equality. She gives us the latest on the equality movement in PNG.
Advocating for Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea
January 31, 2012
To help local women's organizations in the PNG get the Equality and Participation Bill passed, IFES implemented a training program to boost their skills in professional lobbying.
IFES Conducts Lobby Training Program, Papua New Guinea Parliament Poised to Vote on Reserved Seats for Women
January 24, 2012
After many years of advocacy, women’s groups and activists watched as the Parliament of Papua New Guinea (PNG) voted to amend the constitution and create an additional 22 reserved seats for women. The 22 seats will be added to the current seats in parliament, held by 108 men and only one woman.
IFES Project Connects Women of Island Nations
August 31, 2011
Working with local women’s organizations, IFES is launching Women Advocating for Voices in Government (WAVIG), a project to increase the participation and representation of women in politics by improving their capacity to influence decision makers and advocate for equality.
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