Join The Movement

The Hurford Youth Fellowship is now accepting applications! Through the program, two young activists will spend three months at the World Movement’s Secretariat, during which they expand their global connections, share experiences with other activists, and contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement for Democracy.

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ISSUE Strengthening Civic Engagement


In South Korea, the “Candlelight Movement, in which citizens protested for over two years for greater governmental accountability, revitalized many citizens’ interest in politics and civic engagement. To learn from their experience, the World Movement convened civil society leaders from around the world. Watch and read more.

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ISSUE Participant Stories


The World Movement is a global networks of individuals, organizations, networks who share the principles, values, and aspirations of our Founding Statement. In honor of #WMD20Years, participants shared how the network has inspired their democracy work, engendered solidarity, and provided a sense of safety and belonging.

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ISSUE Celebrating 20 Years


Twenty years ago, over 400 democrats gathered in New Delhi, India to form the World Movement for Democracy. The Movement was designed to be flexible and adaptable to the time’s most pressing challenges to democracy. Check out what we have achieved over the last 20 years with our timeline of the Movement.

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ISSUE Join the Call to Free Political Prisoners


In a new video series, we speak with the families and friends of political prisoners in Azerbaijan and Venezuela who have been imprisoned for their work as activists, journalists, and human rights defenders. Join us in calling to #SetThemFree by sharing their stories with your networks.

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Right to Receive Funding

Did you know civil society organizations have the legal right to receive funding under a number of international and regional laws? Despite this, many governments restrict access to funding to strangle civil society. Our resource hub offers five new tools to help activists protect their right to receive funding.

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Ninth Assembly Report

Assemblies bring together 350+ of the world’s leading experts on democracy movements, on-the-ground activists, government representatives, & donors to discuss how we can work together to ensure a democratic future. Check out the interactive Ninth Assembly report for insights into the discussions & to watch our most highly-anticipated panels.

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Reviving Democratic Commitments

The Candlelight Movement in South Korea in 2016 – 2017 revitalized citizens’ interest in engaging with democratic processes by demanding that those in power be held accountable. The World Movement convened discussions to consider how other countries can learn from Korea’s experience and reinvigorate interest in democratic participation.

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DEMOCRACY ALERTS

May 2, 2019

Hong Kong Sentences Umbrella Movement Democracy Activists

The World Movement strongly condemns the sentencing of nine democracy activists by a Hong Kong district court for their involvement in the 2014 peaceful pro-democracy Umbrella Movement. The individuals, called the “Umbrella Nine,” were handed sentences of up to 16 months on charges of “conspiracy to cause public nuisance” and “inciting others to commit public […]

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March 18, 2019

Nicaraguan Police Forces Attack and Arrest Peaceful Protesters

Nicaraguan Police Forces Attack and Arrest Peaceful Protesters The World Movement for Democracy condemns the use of indiscriminate violence by the Nicaraguan police forces on March 16, when they attacked a demonstration calling for the release of political prisoners and arrested 164 protesters. Among those arrested was World Movement Steering Committee member Sofia Montenegro. The […]

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#SetThemFree Campaign


#SetThemFree is a GLOBAL campaign to build solidarity with those behind bars. Together, we can raise awareness, mobilize others, and engage with stakeholders to achieve their RELEASE.

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ISSUE PROMOTING INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE


Empowering Emerging Leaders

The World Movement aims to strengthen inclusive democratic governance with an emphasis on empowering emerging leaders that are committed to democratic principles. As part of this effort, the World Movement facilitates engagement among emerging leaders from civil society and political parties; exploring constructive ways to enhance their political participation; building effective partnerships between civil society, government, and the private sector; and sustaining democratic movements that influence policy making and institutional reforms.

Business & Democratic Governance

The World Movement for Democracy, Center for International Private Enterprise, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center jointly launched an initiative in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to enhance private sector, civil society, and government collaboration.

ISSUE STRENGTHENING DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP


Empowering Young Activists

The next generation of democratic leadership plays a crucial role in sustaining and advancing democracy.  The World Movement believes in the importance of inter-generational dialogue and facilitates exchange of ideas and experiences between seasoned leaders and emerging leaders.Through our Hurford Youth Fellowship,  we empower young activists by helping deepen their understanding of challenges of democracy and linking them with leaders of various democracy movements.

HURFORD YOUTH FELLOWSHIP

The Hurford Youth Fellowship Program seeks to build the leadership skills and harness the potential of young democracy activists from around the world. Learn more about our fellows and their work.

ISSUE #SETTHEMFREE CAMPAIGN


Political Prisoners' Stories

In a new video series, we speak with the families and friends of six political prisoners to learn more about their cases and what life is like after they’ve been unjustly taken from their communities. Listen to the stories of Seymur Hazi, Ilkin Rustamzade, Ilgar Mammadov, Bayram Mammadov, Giyas Ibrahimov, and Fuad Ahmadli below.

Over the past decade, authorities in Azerbaijan have prosecuted hundreds of activists, journalists, and public figures on politically motivated charges like drug possession, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and even treason.

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Political Prisoners' Stories

As of January 2018, reports indicate there are around 130 political prisoners being held in Azerbaijan. However, these prisoners are more than statistics–they’re husbands, wives, colleagues, friends, sons, and mothers.

ISSUE DEFENDING DEMOCRATIC SPACE


Reinforcing Democratic Spaces

Freedoms are increasingly restricted for people who wish to voice their concerns, come together, and address those concerns by engaging stakeholders. In both physical and digital spaces, they face limitations on where they can meet, how they can interact, and what they can say or do. This is particularly true under authoritarian regimes, but also under new and established democracies where minority views are marginalized. As a result, citizens have less influence in political processes that impact their lives and are unable to hold their governments accountable.

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Access to Resources

Are you an activist curious about your legal right to receive domestic and foreign funding? Visit our Access to Resources Hub, which offers a set of tools to help activists protect their right to access resources. The Hub includes a multi-language infographic, country case study research on the right, educational videos, and additional information for civil society activists to use.