January 17th, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of NDI Baghdad employee Andi Parhamovich and three security personnel during an ambush in Baghdad, Iraq. While there is no way to adequately respond to such a tragedy, the Parhamovich family hoped to find a way to continue one of Andi’s passions: increasing women’s participation in politics. The Andi Parhamovich Fellowship was created so that young women from all parts of the world would be able to take advantage of resources and connections in Washington D.C. that they could then take home to their countries and move forward Andi’s goals.
Erin Mathews is the Washington, D.C.-based director of NDI's Jordan programs. She previously directed NDI's programs in Iraq, and before moving to the Middle East and North Africa team, she worked on Institute programs in the Central and Eastern Europe region, both from D.C. and the Sarajevo field office.