(aka) International Womens Democracy Center
1101 17th Street NW #301
Washington, DC 20036
IWDC partnered with Emang Basadi, the National Women's Association of Botswana to facilitate a 3 year training program: "Vote for Women Candidates" to increase the number of women candidates to stand for office. IWDC trained 35 women from 9 political parties in the technical skills of how to run for elected office, then trained them how to train others. Then we wrote a guide book on the workshop so they could return to their communities and train other women leaders how to stand as candidates for elected office.
IWDC returned to Botsdana after the primary elections to train all the women candidates who won the primary election. Those candidates for parliament increased from 3 to 11 and women candidates for local council increased from 70 to 159. IWDC will continute the partnership with Emang Basadi to facilitate the Southern Africa Women's Leadership Project-SAWLP - designed to train 4,000 women in 8 countries how to run for elected office. SAWLP is in direct response to the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS and the need for women to be in policy and decision making positions in order to address a multitude of issues impacting women and their families including access to credit, education for girls, potable water, sexual behavior from the perspectives of culture and tradition and long term sustainable economic security.