CIVICUS Blog

January 11, 2022

How Accountable are CIVICUS’ Resourcing Practices?

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At CIVICUS, redistributing funds to our members and partners is a crucial way in which we work towards the alliance's strategic goals. This new…
December 13, 2021

Solidarity in the face of adversity

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Message from Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary-General Dear CIVICUS members and allies, Another year is now drawing to a close. 2021 began with a glimmer…
November 24, 2021

Take Action: 16 campaigns tackling women’s rights and gender inequality

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Across the world, brave and resolute women rights defenders are taking action on everything from advocating for equality, access, and justice, to standing up…
November 09, 2021

Our right to protest will determine the freedoms of future generations

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Secretary-General Update: October 2021 In 2020, the Human Rights Committee published its interpretation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in its General…
October 21, 2021

In their own words: How youth-led initiatives practice constituent accountability

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Youth leaders from India and South Africa share how they have been practicing accountability to the individuals, communities and groups that their work serves…
September 30, 2021

Uganda: Over 50 civil society groups and human rights watchdogs illegally suspended

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Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn, Human Rights Lawyer and Gender Equality Advocate Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn is a human rights lawyer and Penn Kemble Fellow at the National…
September 17, 2021

Grassroots action & the right to protest: here’s a look at our annual priorities

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Secretary-General Update: August 2021 In June this year, we presented the CIVICUS Board with our annual plan for 2021/22. The plan reflects lessons we…
August 06, 2021

Standing up Against Gender-based Violence

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Hello! I am Mohaiminul Raqib and I am a citizen of Bangladesh. I started my journey of becoming an activist and development worker in…
August 06, 2021

Scenario planning for agile strategic alignment

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By Tamryn Lee Fourie, Jerusha Govender and Khotso Tsotsotso For CIVICUS, and civil society as a whole, the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted the way…
July 15, 2021

The relationship between civic space restrictions and soaring inequality needs our urgent attention

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Message from Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary-General In May this year, we published the 10th edition of the annual State of Civil Society report. In…
July 01, 2021

We need help from the international community

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Wai Hnin Pwint Thon, Switzerland Wai Hnin Pwint Thon is a Senior Advocacy Officer at Burma Campaign UK based in Geneva, Switzerland. She has…
June 30, 2021

The coup in Myanmar spurred me to action

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 Supyae Yadanar, Dublin, Ireland  Supyae Yadanar was born and raised in Yangon and is currently studying medicine at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. She…
June 29, 2021

The coup is a catastrophe for our motherland

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Thant Tun, Manchester, United Kingdom  Thant Tun has been involved in the struggle for democracy in Myanmar since birth. She grew up in the…
June 28, 2021

Teenagers my age are dropping out of school to protest

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 Bawi Hnem Sung, Texas, United States of America 17 year old high school student Bawi Hnem Sung is also from the Chin community in…
June 23, 2021

There are no words left to describe the brutality of the Burmese military

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Myra Dahgaypaw, Washington D.C., United States of America Myra Dahgaypaw is the director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, an organisation that works to raise…
June 14, 2021

3 Reasons Why Relationships are Vital to Expanding Youth Networks

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The Youth Action Team (YAT) and Youth Action Lab at CIVICUS has now had several rounds of calls for candidates to champion youth engagement and civic space. A…
June 09, 2021

21st century activism is complex, persistent and all-pervasive. Governments and businesses will have to reinvent…

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Message from Lysa John, CIVICUS Secretary-General The nature of civic space has changed significantly since the start of the pandemic. The CIVICUS Monitor, which systematically…
June 04, 2021

It is up to you and I to be the pillar for those struggling in…

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 Par Tha Hniang, Texas, United States of America Par Tha Hniang is a youth member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Texas in Lewisville.…