Campaign Management Workshops
Campaign Management Workshops focus on training trainers
how to train others to run for elected office and are conducted
in partnership with local non-government organizations around
the world. The workshops are designed to train women
leaders in the technical skills of standing for elected office,
managing campaigns and advocating for issues and include a
component on the strategic use of technology. Workshop participants
are established leaders representing all sectors of the economy
with an interest in elected offices.
Social Innovators Workshops
Social Innovators Workshops are designed to build and strengthen
civil society and the civic engagement skills of women leaders
in new and emerging democracies. Partnering with local non-government
organizations, IWDC works to train community-based leaders
with tools in voter education, media, advocacy and transparency
Where We Work and What We've Done
IWDC is working with the African Institute of Democracy in
Dakar, Senegal to establish a regional training center. The
Center will train women in nine countries in West Africa how
to run for elected office for upcoming elections over the
next five years. The Center will also train women leaders
in policy development, legislative analysis and constituent
services to ensure that they have the necessary tools to serve
in public office.
IWDC met with representatives of business, religious organizations,
government associations, societies and community-based leaders
in Kuwait to lay the groundwork for a long-term program designed
to train women how to fully engage in civil society. In
partnership with the Kuwaiti Graduate Society, IWDC will lead
workshops training women how to advocate for issues central
to the mission of their organizations and how to train others.
IWDC is training women from Northern Ireland to be community-based
leaders with the skills to lobby their new assembly and to
advocate for issues critical to their communities through
the Community Advocate Mentor Program.
IWDC began a three-year partnership with the National Women's
Association in Haiti to prepare women at the national and
local levels to run for elected office. The first training
workshop for women candidates focused on topics such as message
development, message delivery, election law and fundraising.
IWDC partnered with Emang Basadi, the National Women's Association
in Botswana, to facilitate a three-year campaign management
and development workshop to increase the number of women
candidates for general elections. IWDC facilitated a
campaign management training for 35 women representing nine
political parties, women candidates for parliament increased
from 3 to 11 and women candidates for local council increased
from 70 to 159.
IWDC opened a regional office in Ankara, Turkey to serve
as a focal point in the Middle East to train women leaders
in campaign management skills in the Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt,
Jordan and Morocco. IWDC facilitated workshops in Turkey
for 76 women leaders from 12 regions throughout the country
focusing on leadership skills and strategies for increasing
the participation of women in senior-level policy and decision-making.
Sixty-five women from 12 countries in Eastern Europe (Belarus,
Moldova, Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania and Cyprus) gathered at
Cambridge University for an IWDC-led workshop on developing
national strategies to increase the number of women in policy
and decision-making roles within their own governments.