From 20 to 27 January, three MA students of the OSCE Academy and a recent graduate participated in the 2nd ECPR-OSCE/ODIHR Winter School on Political Parties and Democracy held in Warsaw. Academy Director Dr. Wolters also attended several days of the School and contributed as Discussant to the session on gender aspects in voting and women participation in political parties. The Winter School was organized for the 2nd time by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), in partnership with the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University and the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy, and brought together 20 MA/PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders from the OSCE participating States.
The agenda of the School included lectures, seminars and round tables led and moderated by international professors and experts, as well as presentations by participants on their projects.
The students of the Academy presented their papers on:
• “Women's Participation in Political Parties and Decision-Making Process in Tajikistan” - Mohirakhoni Husnidinzoda;
• “How to Rebuild Afghan People’s Trust in Elections?” - Mohammad Tamim Karimi;
• “Political Parties, Elections and Development in Kyrgyzstan" - Meerim Egemberdieva;
• “Building Parliamentarism under a Weak Parliament: Intra-Institutional Challenges of Kyrgyzstan’s Aspiration for a System Shift” - Daniyar Oskonbaev.
“It's a great opportunity for both practitioners and academics to exchange views and advance writing skills. The diversity of the participants makes it possible to learn about different countries and recent developments in their countries. At the same time, it is a great platform for interaction and further cooperation among participant,” said Meerim Egemberdieva.
The OSCE Academy expresses its gratitude to ODIHR for providing this opportunity to students and alumni and also to the OSCE Programme Offices in Bishkek and Dushanbe for supporting students’ travel.