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October 3, 2022

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maria Ressa Named Chair of World Movement for Democracy

The World Movement for Democracy is pleased to welcome Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner, as new chairperson of its Steering Committee. Rappler is the top digital-only news site leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Chair, Ressa will guide the World Movement’s Steering Committee, […]

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September 13, 2022

Arab Reform Initiative Highlights Successes of Morocco’s Women’s Rights Movement

The women’s rights movement in Morocco has been effective at advocating for political reform in the past couple decades, demonstrated by the proclamation of gender equality in the country’s revised constitution of 2011. As part of a student essay contest, the Arab Reform Initiative published an essay highlighting how the successes of the women’s movement […]

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September 13, 2022

Former Ukrainian Foreign Policy Advisor Calls for Western Leaders to Increase Economic Pressure on Russia

In a recent piece for Politico, World Movement Steering Committee Member and former foreign policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Svitlana Zalishchuk, called for Western countries to put further pressure on Putin by restricting Russian oil imports. As Russia continues a military offensive in Ukraine, they are simultaneously using gas supplies as a […]

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September 13, 2022

Stanford University’s Larry Diamond to Host a Leaders’ Forum at the 11th Global Assembly in Taiwan

Larry Diamond, founding editor of the Journal of Democracy, will host a panel of political and civil society leaders to discuss challenges and strategies for achieving a strong democratic future. The discussion will feature Venezuela’s opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Lithuanian MP Žygimantas Pavilionis, Cuban human rights activist Rosa Maria Paya, and Taiwan’s leading diplomat Bi-Khim […]

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August 30, 2022

Can Social Media Truly Facilitate Meaningful Political Participation?

In my country, Somalia, it is common for citizens to discuss, or sometimes debate, current affairs and politics over tea. We call this “Fadhi ku dirir.” In recent years, “Fadhi ku dirir” has gone viral. Social media platforms that are commonly used for entertainment, networking, and selfexpression have also become avenues for political engagement. These […]

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August 29, 2022

Democracy Board Game Festival Kicks Off!

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation Global Innovation Hub is holding an online Democracy Board Game Festival from August 15 through September 2. During the online festival, participants not only play the games, but also discuss with game designers how those games can inspire more innovative thinking around democracy advocacy. The five games featured are: Sim Democracy […]

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August 29, 2022

ISHR Launches Interactive Map Comparing Legislative Protection of Human Rights Defenders Around the World

As part of the International Service for Human Rights’ (ISHR) mission to support the work of human rights defenders and strengthen their legal protections, the organization has launched an interactive map on legislative protections of defenders around the world. The map collates developments in national legal instruments related to the rights of defenders and compares […]

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August 29, 2022

Citizen Lab Launches Survey to Research the Gender Dimensions of Digital Transnational Repression

Citizen Lab, a research center based at the University of Toronto, is conducting a project looking at the gender dimensions of digital transnational repression. States increasingly use digital tools to harass or silence citizens who have fled their home country. Women are victim to very specific types on online attacks including threats of rape and […]

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August 29, 2022

Uganda’s Government Forces LGBTQI+ Rights Organization to Cease Operations

On August 3, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a leading LGBTQI+ organization in the country, was forced to close by the National Bureau for Non-Government Organizations for allegedly failing to register with the bureau. The NGO Bureau had previously rejected SMUG’s attempts to register in 2016 stating that the name and mission of the organization was […]

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August 3, 2022

Youth Spotlight: Marr Nyang, The Gambia

Marr Nyang, a 2021 Hurford Youth Fellow and Executive Director for Gambia Participates, hosted a meeting on May 18 with young civil society leaders to discuss tactics to strengthen the democratic future of The Gambia. Marr and his peers identified socio-economic inequalities and lack of political will as current threats to democracy in their country. […]

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