IFES@30: 30 Years Advancing Good Governance and Democratic Rights
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017. Throughout the last three decades, IFES has supported citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. Our independent expertise strengthens electoral systems and builds local capacity to deliver sustainable solutions.
As the global leader in democracy promotion, we advance good governance and democratic rights by:
- Providing technical assistance to election officials
- Empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process
- Applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle
To mark our 30th anniversary, we will feature 30 human interest stories throughout the year that illustrate the positive impact of IFES’ work. We encourage you to share these stories and personal voices and also invite you to explore our website and learn more about our programs.
Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 145 countries – from developing democracies, to mature democracies.
Featured Story: Women’s Empowerment
Future Leaders' Club, Afghanistan
In 2010, IFES launched the Future Leaders' Club (FLC) in Afghanistan. The program trained young women on democracy, elections, advocacy, and public speaking. The FLC program trained nearly 300 young women in Kabul and five other provinces.
In this video interview, two former participants, Sheela Shams and Nassiba Hussaini, describe the training courses in leadership skills, good governance, public speaking, advocacy, and women's issues. “In Afghanistan, most women don't know about their rights, so how can we give them awareness about the laws and their rights?” said Shams.
“We want to see a stronger Afghanistan and we want to see women play a bigger role in the decisions of our country. The first thing I learned was self-confidence. I learned how to plan, how to work. I learned about women's rights, about the laws and institutions of Afghanistan. We went to Parliament and met our representatives and our senators,” said Hussaini.
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IFES Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Ambar Zobairi and IFES Regional Director for Africa Rushdi Nackerdien,