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WDN Launches Newest Country Chapter in Tunisia
Tunis, Tunisia–The Women’s Democracy Network(WDN) today launched its newest country chapter in Tunisia, the 15th in WDN’s global effort to identify, inspire and assist women as they take up leadership roles and advance initiatives in their community.
“We are excited to have the Tunisia chapter join WDN’s growing network,” said Judy Van Rest, executive vice president of the International Republican Institute(IRI). “The Tunisia chapter joins a network of country chapters around the world that are empowering women to become leaders in their communities.”
Through the Tunisia chapter, members will focus on increasing political, civic and economic participation of women throughout the country. In 2016, the chapter will host a series of Women’s Leadership Schools to build political, advocacy and leadership skills among aspiring women leaders. The schools will focus on two topics identified as priorities by the Tunisia chapter: youth engagement and government. These efforts will prepare the chapter to support women in municipal elections planned for late 2016.
“Investing in women is a strategic imperative. Empowering women has a multiplier effect: families are stronger; communities are healthier; and countries are safer and more secure,” said Dalel Krichen, director of Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability and a founding member of the Tunisia chapter. “I’m confident that Tunisian women can be excellent change makers. It takes the effort of each and every one of us. It takes the commitment of a whole network. That's why I joined WDN.”
Following the strong participation of Tunisian women in the 2014 national elections, WDN began meeting with women interested in becoming more active members in their community. A core group of women, who are the founding members of the WDN-Tunisia chapter, maintained the momentum and began meeting monthly, expanding membership, selecting leadership and identifying goals to accomplish once they achieved chapter status.
The WDN country chapters develop and implement programs tailored to the needs of their members seeking to run for public office, advocate on behalf of their community or attain other leadership roles. This member-driven approach enables WDN to support training on a global level that has local relevance. In addition to training, WDN facilitates communication between chapters which fosters mentorship and sustainability among chapters and members.
Established in 2006, WDN is IRI’s global initiative to increase women’s political participation, leadership in civic and political life and election to public office. As a member driven network, WDN reaches more than 61 countries globally. The WDN-Tunisia chapter joins chapters in Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cameroon, Georgia, Guatemala, Jordan, Kenya, Moldova, Peru, Russia, Ukraine and Uganda. Follow the latest on WDN chapters on Twitter @WDN, on Facebook.