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July 01, 2024

Secretary General, Lysa John, transitions from CIVICUS

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A message from Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS Dear CIVICUS members and allies, At the end of 2024, I will complete six years…
May 13, 2024

Introducing CIVICUS Impact Stories: Understanding our contribution towards expanded civic and democratic space

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A message from Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS    Dear CIVICUS members and allies, In July 2022, CIVICUS started delivering on our revised strategic plan,…
March 13, 2024

Strengthening Civic Space in Zambia: A Decade of Challenges and Collaborative Efforts

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CIVICUS, in collaboration with our esteemed partners at the GEARS Initiative, recently convened civil society actors in Zambia to delve into the intricacies of…
January 29, 2024

“Imagine if the Haitian revolutionaries had to write a proposal?”: Reflections from the Shift the…

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By Taís Siqueira, Local Leadership lab Coordinator This quote represents what Shift the Power Summit was to me, a space to hear uncomfortable truths…
January 16, 2024

CIVICUS at Festival de Datos: Advancing action on inclusive, timely, and accountable data processes

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Julieta Zurbrigg, Civic Space Research Advisor Faith Pienaar, Impact and Accountability Officer In the dynamic realm of data innovation, global challenges call for timely…
December 06, 2023

Reflecting on a Transformative Year and Priorities for the Future

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A message from Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS Dear CIVICUS members and allies, As we bid farewell to a remarkable year, I am inspired…
October 25, 2023

Advocacy at African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania

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On the margins of the 77th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) held in Arusha, Tanzania, CIVICUS, through…
July 25, 2023

Lessons from our work across 2017 to 2022 and implications for our current strategic action

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  A message from Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS    Dear CIVICUS members and allies At the close of our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan period, we…
May 07, 2023

Celebrating our #1 position on the FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders Monitor

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Dear members and allies,  CIVICUS has just been recognised as the top-ranking organisation in the annual FAIR SHARE for Women Leaders Monitor. Here's a…
May 03, 2023

Localisation: A Paradigm Shift Towards Local Leadership in the Global South

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By Deborah Mowesley, Innovation For Change InternIn recent years, words like “localisation” and “locally-led” have garnered significant attention. There has been increasing discussion and…
April 04, 2023

Strengthening Citizen Engagement and Participation in the Civic Space: Challenges and Recommendations

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By Deborah Mowesley, Innovation For Change InternAs an intern at CIVICUS for the past two months, I have had the opportunity to gain valuable…
February 27, 2023

Building Collective Action: Lessons from our Membership Engagement Month

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A message from Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS    Dear CIVICUS members and allies,    Across 10 November to 10 December last year, we coordinated a…
February 22, 2023

Deborah Mowesley’s Internship Reflection Piece

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Excited to have completed my first month as the Communications Intern at CIVICUS under the Innovation for Change Cluster. I have always been passionate…
December 13, 2022

Looking ahead: Expanding our efforts to protect civic space

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A message from Lysa John, Secretary-General of CIVICUS Dear CIVICUS members and allies, We were excited to host the CIVICUS Board and representatives from…
November 30, 2022

Women activists are standing up against the assault of the Taliban on rights and freedoms

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Horia Mosadiq, is an Afghan women human rights defender (HRD) and founder of Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization (SRMO) and a CIVICUS member. SRMO…
November 07, 2022

What can we learn from Brazil’s election?

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By Ana Addobbati, CIVICUS Board Member and Feminist Activist Photo credit: Andressa Anholete / Getty Images   Brazil has one of the largest democratic populations in…
October 27, 2022

Safety & Cyber Security: 8 Tips for Civil Society Digital Defense

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The month of October is officially declared as CyberSecurityAwarenessMonth, and the digital age has ushered in a new era of human rights activism, journalism,…
October 27, 2022

Supporting grassroots groups better through shifts in resourcing and practices

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By Nosibabalwe Socikwa, Membership and Network Intern. Having worked in the human rights and social justice space, I have realised the impact of grassroots…
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