Changing The Face Of Politics Podcast

The Changing the Face of Politics podcast series is an initiative by the National Democratic Institute, launched as part of NDI's commitment to a decade of action to accelerate the pace of change on women's political empowerment. 

In candid conversations recorded from home, an intergenerational, multi-sectoral and multi-national array of established and emerging women activists and politicians from around the world will interview each other about their experiences of political leadership, and reflect on how the Changing the Face of Politics campaign can actively protect and promote women’s political empowerment globally. 

Instead of a single host the series will be built on a “daisy chain” model, whereby each participant is first a guest, and then an interviewer. 

Our hope is that this podcast presents inspirational examples to other women, particularly young women and marginalized women, of the possibilities of political leadership.

"The National Democratic Institute gratefully recognizes the generous contribution of Lynda Thomas for making the Changing the Face of Politics podcast series possible. The Institute also recognizes Devex as the Media Partner for the series."  

Episodes Playlist

In the fifth episode, Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Member of the Kosovo Parliament, interviews Seyi Akiwowo, Founder and Executive Director of Glitch and former London borough councillor about her career in local politics, her work to combat online abuse against women, and her commitment to self care. 

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In the fourth episode of the Changing the Face of Politics podcast series, Nighat Dad, Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan, interviews Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Member of Kosovo Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, about her journey to political leadership and the obstacles she faced and overcame along the way. 

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In the third episode of the Changing the Face of Politics podcast series, Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks with Nighat Dad, Executive Director of the Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan, about the opportunities and barriers of the digital space for politically-active women, and her experience as an activist fighting for women’s rights in Pakistan. 

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In this second episode of Changing the Face of Politics, Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist and founder of the Rise Up Climate Movement, interviews former President of Chile and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, about her experience of political leadership and the imperative of women’s participation in democracy. 

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Welcome to the first episode of the National Democratic Institute's Changing the Face of Politics podcast series. In this episode, Birgitta Ohlsson, former Swedish Minister of Parliament and Minister for European Affairs, interviews Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist and founder of the Rise Up Climate Movement, about her experience as a young activist fighting against climate change in Africa and around the world. 

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