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IFES Ukraine

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

IFES trains civil society representatives on electoral systems and representation of women in politics

On November 4-7, IFES held its annual Election School for civil society, local authorities and academia representatives. This year the training focused on electoral systems and representation of women in politics.

During the four-day event, 24 participants discussed the following issues:

  • electoral systems most favorable to women;
  • barriers preventing women from participating in politics;
  • mechanisms that can provide equal opportunities for the participation of men and women in politics;
  • ways to encourage women to participate in the electoral process;
  • existing draft laws aimed at strengthening the role of women in politics registered in the Ukrainian Parliament;
  • ways to effectively advocate for electoral law reform.


During the four-day intensive training, participants have learned how to interpret and analyze electoral law, draft laws, and mastered several skills needed to tackle policy issues at various stages of the electoral process.

Anastasia Eva Domani, Executive Committee Member of Central and East European Coalition TransCoalition

“I have never participated in such trainings before, it was the first time for me. It is a very intense school and I have the impression that I passed 10 classes in 2 days. My biggest discovery during the School is that there is no universal electoral system for all countries and each country at different stages of its development uses one electoral system and then can change to another one, more appropriate at the current moment.”

Iryna Tverdohlib, Head of the department of work with people with disabilities at Poltava City Center for physical health “Sport for All”, coordinator of National Assembly of People with Disabilities (NAPD) in Poltava oblast

Knowledge gives strength. We are not trained to learn. We are used to the fact that if we were told something, it should be like this. At the level of feelings, we understand where discrimination is, but we do not understand how to protect ourselves from it. And the knowledge which I gained during the Electoral School gives this protection. Stop! I have the right!”