In countries across the globe, women are often disproportionately excluded from the political process. In an effort to combat this political trend, this year with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative, IRI launched a program to increase women’s political participation in Libya.
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Jan. 24, 2017 SEMINOLE – Mayor Leslie Waters is known for organizing meet-and-greets to hear the concerns and questions of Seminole residents. Every few months, she’ll set up at a local eatery, Chick-fil-A perhaps, or maybe at a major city event, such as the Music in the Park series.
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September 24, 2016
Mayor Leslie Waters 7110 Augusta Blvd. N. Seminole, Fl. 33777 727-399-9968
American Mayor, Libyan City Councilors & Mongolian Political Candidates
Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters over the past several months was sent by the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) to Tunisia, North Africa to consult with 40 of the first ever elected Libyan women city local government councilors. The WDN is an initiative of the International Republican Institute (IRI) located in Washington D.C.
The purpose of this assignment was to help “empower women to lead” their City Councils by educating participants on how to be effective local government officials. Training forums focused on how to improve communications with constituents, to leverage social media, to network with other women throughout Libya, to set goals, and put an emphasis on the importance of developing an expertise with government issues.
“Working with some of the first women to ever be elected to anything in Libya was truly a humbling and exuberant experience,” reflected Mayor Waters, “an experience where it was my intention to use my government experience to help impact their evolving democracy for the benefit of all Libyans.”
In September IRI asked Mayor Waters to travel to Mongolia, a land-locked country between China and Russia, that has only been a democracy for 26 years. Her assignment in the City of Khovd was to help increase women’s participation in the political process at the local and national levels, by promoting an inclusive, representative electoral environment where women are active, visible and viable candidates. Mayor Waters also spoke to a class of third year political science majors at Khovd University.
“The Mongolian people I worked with were friendly, hospitable and very interested in learning how to win political campaigns, to increase their participation in government, and how to strengthen their evolving democracy,” said Mayor Waters. “It was a pleasure, indeed, to be in the ‘Land of Blue Skies,’ to consult with women focused on a strong, growing, and representative democracy in Mongolia.”
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