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International Women's Democracy Center

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Strengthens women's global leadership through training, education, networking and research to increase women's participation in politics, policy and decision-making using mobile technology. Help achieve parity.

Real Life

IWDC partnered with Emang Basadi, the National Women's Association of Botswana to facilitate a 3 year training program: "Vote for Women Candidates" to increase the number of women candidates to stand for office. IWDC trained 35 women from 9 political parties in the technical skills of how to run for office, then trained them how to train others. Then wrote a guide book on the workshop so they could return to their communities and train others.

IWDC returned after the primary elections and women candidates for parliament increased from 3 to 11 and women candidates for local council increased from 70 to 159. IWDC will continute the partnership with Emang Basadi to facilitate the Southern Africa Women's Leadership Project-SAWLP - designed to train 4,000 women in 8 countries how to run for elected office. SAWLP is in direct response to the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS and the need for women to be in policy and decision making positions in order to address sexual behavior from the perspectives of culture and tradition.