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A man using a wheelchair looks up at a presentation board with writing on it.
July 2015

Persons with disability in Kosovo raising their voices

Written by Alan Wall and Brikena Avdyli, International Foundation for Electoral Systems


At the 2014 National Elections in Kosovo, the disability community was widely engaged in election observation for the first time, with 230 persons with disabilities deployed for the Disability Access Monitoring Mission. This observation mission was a part of IFES Kosovo’s USAID-funded project “Increasing Inclusion and Mitigating Violence in Electoral Processes”, and was implemented by IFES’s local ...

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A man leans over a table to assist a group working on a poster
May 2015

Georgian Youth: Addressing the Problems Faced by Persons with Disabilities

Written by Ramini Matcharashvili, Founder of Change for Equal Rights


Georgia is among the countries which are called developing democracies. In Georgia’s case, this means that despite many reforms that were implemented and success stories achieved through the process of reforms, numerous problems remain which need to be addressed and solved.  Problems faced by persons with disabilities in Georgia is among the most acute of these issues. Their engagement ...

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A man using a wheelchair and wearing a suit smiles at the camera
May 2015

Political Advocacy in San Marino

Written by the Hon. Mirko Tomassoni, Founder of Attiva-Mente and former Member of Parliament of the Republic of San Marino


I have had a disability since 1998, when I was in a road accident. In 2004, I founded an association for disabled persons called Attiva-Mente which works in the fields of sports, culture and solidarity. One of our most remarkable sport-related initiatives was our participation in the 2004 ...

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