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About the Women's Democracy Network
We believe that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women. Established in March 2006, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) is an initiative of the International Republican Institute to increase women’s political participation, leadership and representation in elected office.
WDN accomplishes this goal by linking these women with their peers in other countries who share similar struggles, providing mentorship from experienced women who have are leaders in their fields, and through skills-building trainings designed to target their identified needs.
A team led by WDN Acting Director Erika Veberyte at the International Republican Institute in Washington, DC oversees the global Network, fosters communication among its members, and conducts events and trainings around the world.
Most importantly, the WDN is a member-driven network and depends on guidance directly from its membership to determine the needs of women across the globe. This information is used to design and implement programming and to accurately address the issues and concerns of Network members.
To date, the Network is active in 61 countries in every region of the world. In 14 countries, women have formed WDN Country Chapters which are partnerships between WDN and groups of members within a country. Country Chapters coalesce women under one umbrella to target the barriers which restrict women’s empowerment in their country. What sets WDN Country Chapters apart from other women’s organizations in their countries is that membership is multi-sector and multi-partisan.