International Photos & Press Releases Page 2
Both February and May 2017
“Increasing Women Political Participation in Libya”
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About the Women’s Democracy Network
WDN, an initiative of the International Republican Institute (IRI), has chapters in 61 countries in every region of the world.
There is a growing wave of women in countries around the world who are preparing to enter the political process or public realm for the first time. They have been motivated by the success they see around them: women presidents, speakers of parliament, national and local officeholders, cabinet officials and political candidates.
WDN’s international network connects women with their peers in other countries who share similar struggles and barriers, and with women leaders who have overcome these challenges and are willing to share their advice and best practices.
With a financial contribution to the WDN, you will support women worldwide by providing access to training workshops and materials.
H O W TO S U P P O R T
Contributions welcomed. $100, $250, $500.
Please make check payable to: The Women’s Democracy Network
Located at 1225 SW Eye (I) Street, Washington D.C. 20005
But mail to Leslie Waters, 7110 Augusta Blvd. North, Seminole, Fl. 33777
WDN, a nonprofit 501c (3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
Leslie Waters, Mayor, City of Seminole (2013-2016);
USFSP and Eckerd College Adjunct Political Science Professor;
Florida House of Representatives (1998-2006), Speaker Pro-Tempore (2004-2006);
International Democracy Consultant; and Member, Women’s Democracy Network Council, an initiative of the
International Republican Institute (IRI), Washington D.C. Founded by President Ronald Reagan, and Chaired by
Senator John McCain. WDN Chaired by Cindy McCain.
“Thanks for Catching the Waters Wave for Empowering Women to Lead Worldwide”
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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 25 years. Her assignment in the City of Hkovd 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 Hkovd 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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October 2, 2015
Mayor Leslie Waters, City of Seminole
Mayor Leslie Waters meets with Women Political Leaders in Tbilisi, Georgia
Last month Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to conduct an intense leadership curriculum for the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), an organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
She was sent to Tbilisi, a bustling and dynamic key Eastern European capitol, to work with accomplished ladies from the Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. Mayor Waters’ co-facilitator for the workshop was Tanja Tomic, a Member of the Macedonia Parliament.
The purpose of the 3-day Women’s Political Leadership Academy’s education forum was to provide eight intensive sessions that were intended to help strengthen and inspire women’s engagement in the political process.
The curriculum included “self-assessment of values and position on issues,” “communications to change the world,” “managing political conflict and negotiations,” and goal setting and action planning.
“It was an honor to be asked to work with WDN in Tbilisi, Georgia, and I know when the attendees returned home, they all had the desire and ability to ascend to political roles of their choice in their respective countries,” reflected Mayor Waters.”
In May of this year, Mayor Waters conducted a “Women in Leadership” presentation for many members of the WDN-Moldova Chapter while visiting Chisinau, the country’s capitol.
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October 4, 2013
Mayor Leslie Waters 7100 Augusta Blvd. N. Seminole, Fl. 33777 727-399-9968
From Seminole to Somaliland to work with
Mayors, Councilmen, & Political Parties
During the month of September Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters was sent by IRI and USAID, two international support organizations, to Hargeisa, Somaliland, to provide consulting services to elected local government officials and political party leaders in this East African country.
The purpose of this assignment was to work with Mayors and City Councilors to develop “Better Communications…For a Better Democracy.” These training forums focused on how to be more effective government officials; how to improve communications with the people of Somaliland; how important it is that elected and party officials work together on outreach events and the significance of the planning and hosting of Town Hall Meetings.
“Working with newly elected Mayors, Councilman and Political Party Leaders in this East African country was truly a humbling experience,” reflected Mayor Waters, “an experience where it was my intention to help make a difference toward enhancing their democracy and improving the political process for the benefit of all Somalilanders.”
Somaliland is an unrecognized, self-declared de-facto sovereign state that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia. They have been a democracy for only 22 years.