July 03, 2020

HUNGARY: ‘Trans people are having our rights being taken away’

  A new law in Hungary, passed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, prevents trans people from legally changing their gender. CIVICUS speaks…
July 01, 2020

TUNISIA: ‘The official response has failed to consider the gendered aspects of the pandemic’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
June 30, 2020

COSTA RICA: ‘Once legal change achieved, public policy should continue to focus on structural exclusion’

On 26 May 2020, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognise same-sex marriage. CIVICUS speaks with Herman Duarte, a lawyer…
June 24, 2020

MEXICO: ‘Violence against women is a historical pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks with Wendy Figueroa, director of the Red Nacional de Refugios (National Network of Shelters), a Mexican civil society organisation (CSO) that has…
June 22, 2020

MALAWI: ‘Girls need protection against COVID-19, and against endemic violations of their rights’

CIVICUS speaks with Ephraim Chimwaza, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Concern and Development (CESOCODE), a Malawian reproductive health and women’s rights civil…
June 17, 2020

LEBANON: ‘Change begins by handing over the mic to grassroots feminist organisations’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
June 11, 2020

JAPAN: ‘The vulnerability of the homeless is the result of contemporary society’s built-in social exclusion’

CIVICUS speaks to Tsubasa Yuki of Moyai Support Centre for Independent Living about the situation of homeless people amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.…
June 02, 2020

ASIA: ‘Under the pandemic, racism against Indigenous peoples has intensified’

CIVICUS speaks to Gam Shimray, Secretary General of the Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), about the situation of Indigenous groups in Asia amid the…
April 27, 2020

MALAYSIA: ‘Migrants are amongst the first to be victimised and discriminated during the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks to Adrian Pereira, the Executive Director of North South Initiative (NSI), about the situation of migrant workers in Malaysia amid the COVID-19…
April 01, 2020

POLAND: ‘People are more understanding and supportive of LGBTQI+ issues than politicians’

  Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences…
March 26, 2020

Letter from Jail: West Papuan activists speak about their prosecution in Indonesia

CIVICUS has received letters from Dano Anes Tabuni and Charles Kossay around their arrest and detention. Political activists Dano Anes Tabuni, Charles Kossay, Ambrosius…
March 12, 2020

WOMEN’S RIGHTS: ‘At this pace, it will take us nearly a century to reach equality’

In the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, due in September 2020, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders…
March 11, 2020

EGYPT: ‘There's been severe deterioration in the rule of law & respect for human rights’

CIVICUS speaks about recent protests in Egypt and their repression with a woman activist and protester who, for security reasons, asked to remain anonymous.…
March 10, 2020

GHANA: ‘Work in the corner of your community has a potential to cause change at…

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
March 09, 2020

ETHIOPIA: ‘For civil society, 2019 has been a new beginning’

In 2019, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali, “for his efforts to achieve peace and…
March 06, 2020

#UN75: ‘There is often a lack of transparency on how civil society’s inputs are reflected…

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
March 05, 2020

COLOMBIA: ‘The protection of the environment is inseparable from the success of the peace process’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
March 04, 2020

ARMS CONTROLS: ‘Greater women’s participation in male-dominated mechanisms would increase prospects for peace’

CIVICUS speaks with Aaron Lainé, Policy and Government Liaison Officer, and Raluca Muresan, Programme Manager at Control Arms, a civil society coalition that advocates…
March 03, 2020

AGAINST DISINFORMATION: ‘Enabling each to tell their story offers an opportunity to share our truths’

CIVICUS speaks to Chris Worman, Vice President of Alliances and Program Development at TechSoup, a non-profit international network that provides technical support and technological…
March 02, 2020

BANGLADESH: ‘Protecting water amounts to protecting basic human rights in all nations’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 28, 2020

DISINFORMATION: ‘The fact that profit drives content creation on the internet is dangerous to democracy’

CIVICUS speaks with Rory Daniels about the 2019 elections in the UK and the dangers that disinformation poses to democracy. Rory is a student,…
February 27, 2020

G20: ‘Civil society is treated as a second-class partner; its recommendations often go unheard’

CIVICUS speaks with María Emilia Berazategui, Transparency International’s Global Advocacy Coordinator, about the role of civil society in international and inter-governmental forums and the…
February 26, 2020

PHILIPPINES: ‘If we don’t fight against the system, people will continue to die’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 25, 2020

LEBANON: ‘Increased popular awareness is irreversible, it will remain despite any setbacks’

CIVICUS speaks with Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director of the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), and Zahra Bazzi, ANND Programmes Manager, about the…
February 24, 2020

#UN75: ‘The UN cannot afford to miss opportunities for civil society engagement’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 21, 2020

COLOMBIA: ‘Citizens are outraged and tired of the policies that have plunged them into poverty’

CIVICUS speaks with Alexandra González Zapata, coordinator for democracy and social protest at the Solidarity Committee with Political Prisoners Foundation, and a member of…
February 20, 2020

SDGs: ‘Gaps in data coverage are most likely to exclude the poorest people’

CIVICUS speaks to Dr Claire Melamed, CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, an open, independent, multi-stakeholder network aimed at harnessing the…
February 19, 2020

LGBTQI+ RIGHTS IN UGANDA: ‘Intolerance is fuelled by anti-rights groups and leaders’

Following our 2019 special report on anti-rights groups and civil society responses, we are interviewing civil society activists and leaders about their experiences of…
February 18, 2020

DIGITAL DIVIDE: ‘The uncritical adoption of technology is particularly risky in humanitarian crises’

CIVICUS speaks to Barnaby Willitts-King, Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Established in 1960 and currently working in 50 countries around…
February 17, 2020

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: ‘If we allow seabed mining everyone is at risk’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation around the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 14, 2020

CHINA: ‘Its international role both originates in and enables domestic political control’

CIVICUS speaks about China’s growing international role with Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China (HRIC), Adjunct Professor of Law at the…
February 13, 2020

#UN75: ‘Commitments to the Women, Peace and Security agenda are going unfulfilled’

2020 marks 75 years since the founding of the United Nations (UN). CIVICUS is speaking with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
February 12, 2020

‘Chile has entirely privatised water, which means that theft is institutionalised’

  Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main…
February 11, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘We empower young people so they can lead the climate movement’

Following a year marked by massive mobilisation on the climate emergency, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the main environmental…
February 10, 2020

HONG KONG: ‘This is a leader-full movement, ran by countless small networks of talented people’

CIVICUS speaks about the protests that have rocked Hong Kong since June 2019 with Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung, democracy movement organiser and chairperson of the…
February 07, 2020

BOLIVIA: ‘Civil society, like political society, is deeply divided’

CIVICUS speaks about the 2019 protests and elections in Bolivia with Eliana Quiroz, Executive Director of Fundación Internet Bolivia (Bolivia Internet Foundation), an organisation…