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Power to Persuade alumnae at STEP Policy Dialogue conducted in Lahore on February 9, 2021.
June 2021

The Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) Conducts National Policy Dialogues to Advocate for the Rights ...

The 2020 Global Gender Gap Report ranks Pakistan 93rd out of 153 countries in terms of political empowerment for women. While women with disabilities face heightened challenges to political participation and as discriminatory practices are further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 response and recovery efforts also provide a unique opportunity to reimagine new approaches to governance and development. In order to leverage this opportunity to build more ...

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Hauwa Ojeif, Founder of She Writes Women in Nigeria.
Feb. 2021

Q+A with Hauwa Ojeifo (She Writes Woman)

In January 2021, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) interviewed Hauwa Ojeifo, a mental health professional and Executive Director of She Writes Woman. IFES interviewed Hauwa to learn more about the work that She Writes Woman does to empower Nigerians with psychosocial disabilities and mental health conditions to participate in political life. Hauwa also highlights the barriers that Nigerians face when participating in political life and elections. The interview is below.

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Photo of a woman with a disability from the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Feb. 2021

Q&A with Kavira Maghulu Marceline Yeye, Candidate for Political Office

In January 2021, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) interviewed Kavira Maghulu Marceline Yeye, a woman with a disability who ran for office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In 2020, she participated in IFES’ online training on the electoral legal framework for women civil society organizations across the DRC. She has also advocated for the promotion, protection and realization of the rights of women with disabilities in ...

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