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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gilly to serve as member of Iraqi National Assembly

March 16, 2006

Washington, DC – Tanya Gilly, longtime champion of a democratic Iraq, and friend of Leadership Council president Kathryn Cameron Porter, has been elected to the new Iraqi National Assembly. Until being elected to parliament, Gilly worked as the director of Democracy Programs and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. She is an Iraqi Kurd whose family was forced to flee their homeland in 1981, and while living in the U.S. she has played an integral role in helping Iraqi women to build leadership skills and to learn about democracy.

According to a press release by FDD:

“Tanya has long believed that Iraq can be a free, democratic, pluralistic society,” said FDD President Clifford May. “She has worked hard for that goal here at FDD for the past several years. Now she will have the opportunity to help shape Iraq's future from the inside. We are proud to have worked with her in the past. We look forward to working with her in the future. This is not a farewell. It is a send-off and the beginning of a new chapter.”

LCHR congratulates Gilly on this new chapter not only for her, but for all Iraqi people. We will continue to work with Gilly and other women members of parliament to help them to be as effective as possible in their new roles.


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