Partnership Profile: National Democratic Institute
Women in Public Service: Peacebuilding and Development is enthusiastic about partnering with the National Democratic Institute (NDI). NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. Their innovative work focuses on furthering the equitable participation of women in public service, and our delegates will benefit greatly from their expertise. Susan Markham, Director of Women’s Political Participation at NDI, will co-lead a training on July 15, the day entitled, Serving in the Public Sphere: Getting There and Serving. The training, to be co-led with a representative of the International Republican Institute, will cover both campaigning and governing.
Learn More About NDI’s Commitment to Women in Governance:
“Every country deserves to have the best possible leader and that means that women have to be given a chance to compete. If they’re never allowed to compete in the electoral process then the countries are really robbing themselves of a great deal of talent.”
– Madeleine K. Albright, NDI Chairman
NDI believes that equitable participation of women in politics and government is essential to building and sustaining democracy. The Institute is committed to working with women as partners and participants in NDI programs and activities.
Comprising over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be under-represented as voters, political leaders and elected officials. Democracy cannot truly deliver for all of its citizens if half of the population remains underrepresented in the political arena.
NDI helps women acquire the tools necessary to participate successfully in all aspects of the political process. Our creative and wide-ranging programs – in both challenging environments where democracy is just beginning to flourish and in more established democracies – engage women in legislatures, political parties and civil society as leaders, activists and informed citizens. These programs create an environment where women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, be elected, govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in every facet of civic and political life.