• I am sure many of you are wondering what does it mean to be the G8-BMENA NGO partner of the United States. Since the announcement of the selection of the League as the US NGO partner, I have been leading a team of three (myself included) in discussions about what our role should be.

  • The League of Women Voters and the Inter-American Dialogue are organizing a conference to address the growing role of women in positions of leadership in judicial branches across the region – as prominent attorneys general, prosecutors, supreme and superior court judges, ministers of justice, and top flight lawyers leading the charge for judicial and other reforms. These women often spearhead transparency initiatives in their countries and are responsible for bringing human rights abusers to justice where impunity previously prevailed.

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  • Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, speaks about the Role of Women as Activists, March 10, 2012.

  • Over 150 women from different cities in Serbia - all - leaders in different professions convened in Belgrade on March 9, 10 and 11 to discuss how to lead the way for positive change in Serbia. The official opening took place March 9th at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia hosted by the speaker of the National Assembly, Prof. Dr. Slavica Dukic Dejanovic and attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, H. E. Mary Burce Warlick and Elizabeth Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.

  • On this International Women's Day, we are proud to announce that the League has been chosen to partner with the U.S. Government as its 2012 Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Initiative NGO partner. "The League is proud to serve as the civil society partner alongside the U.S. and Tunisian governments and the NGO partner in Tunisia to contribute our experience to the themes and agendas that will be discussed in these important meetings," said Elisabeth MacNamara. Read more about this exciting work here.

  • 9th Forum for the Future for North Africa, Levant, and Gulf Countries (BMENA)

    League of Women Voters Will Serve as U.S. NGO Partner in Initiative

    Washington, DC/March 8, 2012 - For the first time since 2004, the United States has assumed the G-8 Presidency for 2012 and, in that role, has co-chair responsibilities for the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) initiative. The G-8 BMENA Initiative is a multilateral effort to promote cooperation between the G-8 and BMENA governments and civil society to advance reform efforts throughout the region. The United States has invited Tunisia to serve as BMENA co-chair, marking the first time that two democracies have led the initiative.

    To assist the government co-chairs in developing themes, agendas, and concrete efforts to promote reform in the MENA region, each country selects an NGO partner. The League has been invited to partner with the United States government as its 2012 BMENA Initiative NGO partner. The role of the League is to organize 10 different preparatory meetings that will take place in seven to eight different countries between March and November and that will culminate with the ministerial meeting in December. The NGO partners coordinate closely with each other and with the co-chair governments in support of BMENA activities.

    "The League is proud to serve as the civil society partner alongside the U.S. and Tunisian governments and the NGO partner in Tunisia to contribute our experience to the themes and agendas that will be discussed in these important meetings," said Elisabeth MacNamara, national League President. "Announcing the beginning of this effort is so fitting as we celebrate International Women's Day today."

    As a nonpartisan political organization that encourages active, informed participation in government and focuses on increasing general understanding of major policy issues through education and advocacy, especially for women voters, the League has been active for almost a century working at all levels of government. The organization boasts more than 800 local and state-level chapters around the country, staffed mainly by committed volunteers. From the beginning, the League has been an activist, grassroots organization whose leaders believed that citizens should play a critical role in advocacy, and that belief has shaped the League’s work today.

    In addition to its domestic efforts, the League is also active internationally. In 2011, the League worked with women in Egypt and Tunisia, the United States’ G-8 BMENA co-chair, focused on promoting democracy. The League’s efforts in Tunisia culminated with the formation of a Tunisian League of Women Voters to promote greater informed participation in Tunisia’s newly established democracy.

    BMENA activities are sponsored by the U.S. – Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) at the U.S. Department of State. MEPI is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.  MEPI works to create vibrant partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region.  To do this, MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments. More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov

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  • On Monday, January 23, 2012, Houda Zaibi, Vice President of the Ligue des electrices tunnisienes (LET) spoke to staff and members of the League of Women Voters of the United states about the recent elections in Tunisia and about the work being carried out by the members of LET.

    Houda explained that LET was the first civil society organization in Tunisia to be credited as an official election observer by the Tunisia’s election commission, the Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Élections (ISIE).

  • In the spirit of cooperation with women groups in Cuba, the League of Women Voters of Education Fund and the League of Women Voters of Florida are sponsoring "People to People" trips to Cuba to enable League members to learn about the country’s history, culture and social structure, and forge relationships with civic organizations and academicians at the University of Havana. The League certifies that the trips are in compliance with the license granted by the U.S.

  • The Conference will gather leading women leaders from Serbia, the United States and South East Europe from academia, politics, business, science, and civil society.  The goal of the conference is to create an effective network of women leaders.  The Conference is being organized by the Serbian-American Women's Leadership Network with the support of the President of the National Parliament of Serbia, Ms. Slavica Djukic Dejanovic.

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  • Under a contract with Democracy International (DI) the League will advise DI-Bangladesh on different activities that will be created to demonstrate to party leaders the value of increasing their share of women’s voters and of supporting and backing women candidates. To accomplish this goal DI-Bangladesh will create seven Women’s Centers that will undertake outreach,  training, and create a women’s awareness program to enhance the Centers’ work.

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