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July 2016

Women’s Reserved Seats in Bangladesh: A Systemic Analysis of Meaningful Representation

There are currently four separate and different reserved seat systems for women at three levels of government in Bangladesh, and they produce different gender equality outcomes. This paper, authored by IFES Bangladesh Chief of Party Silja Paasilinna, examines these systems in detail, provides an overview of gender-based challenges women elected representatives face in both general and reserved seats, and offers a summary of suggested improvements to the current systems as well as options for alternative systems.


IFES Myanmar Post-Election Activities

Following the historic 2015 elections in Myanmar, IFES published five reports that provide important data on the accomplishments of the 2015 elections and outline recommendations for the 2020 electoral cycle. These documents are a result of continued collaboration between IFES, the Union Election Commission, civil society organizations, political parties, voters, domestic and international observers and implementers.

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IFES and UNDP to Expand Collaboration in Electoral Practices

IFES and the United Nations Development Programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance electoral practices around the world. The enhanced collaboration will promote inclusive, credible electoral processes across borders while fostering good and accountable governance institutions.

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Fatoumata Camara Discusses Advocating for Persons with Disabilities in Guinea

Fatoumata Camara, a Guinean with a physical disability, is the Deputy Coordinator for the Association of Persons Living with a Disability of Mamou, Guinea. In this Q&A, Camara discusses barriers to electoral and political participation that Guineans with disabilities face, the role of civic education in reducing those barriers and major accomplishments of the disability rights movement in Guinea.

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Notes on Democracy

On June 9, IFES was officially extended observer status before the Venice Commission’s Council for Democratic Elections, which handles all of the Commission’s work in this field. Professor Srdjan Darmanovic, the Ambassador of Montenegro to the U.S. and a representative of the Venice Commission, visited IFES headquarters in Washington to discuss the Commission’s work and how IFES can play a vital role on a broad range of electoral issues.

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Irena Hadžiabdić is an Election Commissioner for Bosnia and Herzegovina's Central Election Commission and IFES Board Director. In this interview, she discusses her experience as a woman in the field of election management and IFES' role in empowering women to become elected leaders around the world.


Work with IFES

IFES seeks an experienced and motivated individual for a Chief of Party position in Kyrgyzstan. We are
also accepting applications for a Finance-Payroll Associate position.

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