News from NDI: 2015 Democracy Award to Honor Four Tunisian Political and Civic Leaders, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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September 2015


NDI announced today that it will honor four Tunisian political and civic leaders, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at its annual Democracy Award Dinner on Tuesday, November 10.

The dinner will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C., 1150 22nd St., NW. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m.

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NDI Launches Campaign in Nigeria to Stop Violence Against Women in Elections


In Nigeria, violence in previous elections has spiked around elections because it is used as a tool for political intimidation, but little is known about how much of and in what ways this violence is directed at women. A new campaign by NDI and its partners in Nigeria seeks to shine a new light on this issue. Read more »

Guatemalans Vote in Record Numbers in Face of Political Uncertainty and Discontent

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Guatemalan citizens headed to the polls this month to elect a new president, vice president, congress and other state and municipal leaders. Despite a climate of political uncertainty and concerns over potential eruptions of violence, a record number of Guatemalans, approximately 70 percent of eligible voters, cast ballots in an overall smooth and peaceful electoral process. Read more »

Jordanian Students Compete in Third Annual National Debate Competition


More than 500 university students, deans, professors, government officials and civil society representatives packed into an auditorium at the University of Jordan to watch teams from 16 universities compete in the NDI-sponsored third annual National Student Debate Competition. Read more »

Legislatures and Civil Society Commit to Democratic Openness


The Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) is the second annual week of events organized by members of the legislative openness community to highlight ways to make legislatures more open and accessible. GLOW culminated on International Day of Democracy with the second annual global legislative openness conference, organized by the Parliament of Georgia, the Congress of Chile and NDI, in Tbilisi, Georgia. Read more »

Devex Op-Ed | The Missing SDG Indicators
by Sandra Pepera


As the member states of the United Nations prepared to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, Sandra Pepera, NDI's director for gender, women and democracy, highlighted three critical indicators that are missing. In her Devex op-ed, Pepera argues that while the new global framework expands significantly on the Millennium Development Goals, it does not go far enough to ensure women’s participation in political life and public decision-making.

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