May 18, 2022

PANDEMIC TREATY: ‘States hold a shared responsibility to keep the world safe and must be…

CIVICUS speaks with Dame Barbara M Stocking about the need to develop a new pandemic treaty anchored in solidarity, transparency, accountability and equity. Barbara…
March 15, 2022

CHILE: ‘The drafting of the new constitution is a historic opportunity for women’

CIVICUS speaks with Mariela Infante Erazo, director of Corporación Humanas, about the impacts of the pandemic on women and girls in Chile, and about…
March 10, 2022

LEBANON: ‘Abuses against women are the direct product of the gender imbalances of a patriarchal…

CIVICUS speaks about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Iraqi women and girls and civil society’s role in combatting gender inequalities in Lebanon…
March 09, 2022

YEMEN: ‘Women are completely absent from decision-making bodies; politically we don’t exist’

CIVICUS speaks about gender inequalities in Yemen and the role of Yemeni civil society in tackling them with Bilkis Abouosba, founder and chairperson of…
March 08, 2022

CHILE: ‘Domestic and care work still falls overwhelmingly on women’

CIVICUS speaks about International Women’s Day and civil society’s role in combatting gender inequalities in Chile with Cecilia Ananías Soto, founder of Amaranta, an…
March 07, 2022

ZAMBIA: ‘Our aim is to break societal biases against girls’

CIVICUS speaks about the upcoming International Women’s Day and Zambian civil society’s role in advancing women’s and girls’ rights with Pamela Mateyo and Mwape…
February 23, 2022

UK: ‘For women to be respected, police reform is necessary but not sufficient’

CIVICUS speaks with Anna Birley, co-founder of Reclaim These Streets, policy lead at the Co-operative Party and councillor in the London borough of Lambeth. …
February 16, 2022

INDIA: ‘The government is dealing with dissent in very concerning ways’

CIVICUS speaks Sudha Bharadwaj, a lawyer and long-time human rights defender working for the rights of workers and Indigenous peoples in India. Sudha was…
October 18, 2021

DISINFORMATION: ‘A moral case based on rigorous technical research can bring about change’

CIVICUS speaks with Imran Ahmed, founding Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), about the rise of disinformation and hate…
September 30, 2021

MIGRATION: ‘The spread of COVID-19 is no excuse to confront vulnerable people with more violence’

CIVICUS speaks with Maddalena Avon, project coordinator at the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) about the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe under…
September 09, 2021

TANZANIA: ‘What is needed is a new constitution reflecting the will of the people’

CIVICUS speaks about the prospects for democratic change under a new president in Tanzania with Maria Sarungi Tsehai, a communications expert and founder of…
June 23, 2021

MALAYSIA: ‘The government should have assisted refugees under the pandemic’

CIVICUS speaks to Htoon Htoon Oo, a refugee and activist from Myanmar, currently based in Malaysia. In 2007, he was a chemistry student in…
February 17, 2021

GREECE: ‘We need a change in narratives as well as in policies towards migration’

CIVICUS speaks about the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece and the role of civil society in policymaking with Lefteris Papagiannakis, Head of…
January 19, 2021

#UN75: ‘Moving forward, the UN should continue to provide access through accessible virtual platforms’

Following the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners about the…
December 17, 2020

#BEIJING25: ‘More women in public office translates into better government and a more robust democracy’

For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, CIVICUS is interviewing civil society activists, leaders and experts about the progress achieved and…
December 16, 2020

UNITED STATES: ‘The 2020 election is a political and moral mandate against fascism’

CIVICUS speaks about voter suppression and its implications for US democracy with Yael Bromberg, Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at The Andrew Goodman Foundation,…
November 25, 2020

RUSSIA: ‘Human rights activism can be expected to increase in reaction to repression’

CIVICUS speaks with Leonid Drabkin, a coordinator with OVD-Info, an independent human rights civil society organisation (CSO) that documents and helps the victims of political…
November 13, 2020

UGANDA: ‘No candidate can possibly win the election without young people’s votes’

CIVICUS speaks with Mohammed Ndifuna, Executive Director of Justice Access Point-Uganda (JAP). Established in 2018, JAP aims to kickstart, reignite and invigorate justice efforts…
November 06, 2020

SOUTH KOREA: ‘North Korean defectors and activists face increasing pressure to stay silent’

CIVICUS speaks with Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, a legal analyst with the Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG), a Seoul-based civil society organisation (CSO) founded by…
November 03, 2020

ITALY: ‘The Sardines movement is all about building self-confidence in the progressive side of politics’

CIVICUS speaks to Andrea Garreffa, one of the founders of the Sardines movement (Movimento delle Sardine), a grassroots political movement that began in November…
October 28, 2020

COVID-19: ‘This is not just a health crisis but also a justice crisis’

CIVICUS speaks to Abigail Moy, Director of the Legal Empowerment Network, the largest community of grassroots justice defenders in the world. Convened by the…
October 15, 2020

MYANMAR: ‘Opposition parties complain that the election body censors their messaging'

CIVICUS speaks to award-winning journalist Cape Diamond (Pyae Sone Win) about the upcoming elections in Myanmar. Cape is a multimedia journalist based in Myanmar,…
October 01, 2020

UN75: ‘Civil society needs to be the conscience of the global community’

To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners…
September 23, 2020

LEBANON: ‘This crisis should be handled with a feminist vision’

CIVICUS speaks to Lina Abou Habib, a feminist activist based in Beirut, Lebanon, about the civil society response to the emergency caused by the…
September 22, 2020

KAZAKHSTAN: ‘The quarantine became a sort of cover for the government to persecute civil society’

CIVICUS speaks to Asya Tulesova, an environmental and civic rights defender from Kazakhstan. On 8 June 2020, Asya was arrested and detained after taking…
September 15, 2020

POLAND: ‘The crisis of democracy and human rights will deepen’

CIVICUS speaks with Małgorzata Szuleka about Poland’s recent presidential elections, held under the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ruling party’s use of anti-LGBTQI+ rhetoric to…
September 11, 2020

#UN75: ‘The COVID-19 pandemic showed that multilateral institutions are essential’

To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN), CIVICUS is having conversations with civil society activists, advocates and practitioners…
September 10, 2020

COVID-19: ‘We need a new social contract founded on rights and the principle of shared…

CIVICUS speaks about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency measures on labour rights, and the civil society response, with Owen Tudor, Deputy…
September 08, 2020

SERBIA: ‘The political crisis will deepen as a large number of people lack representation’

CIVICUS speaks with Ivana Teofilović about the causes of recent protests and the government’s reaction to them, as well as about the elections held…
September 04, 2020

CHILE: ‘This historic constituent moment was achieved by citizens’

CIVICUS speaks with Marcela Guillibrand De la Jara, Executive Director of the Chilean Volunteer Network (Red de Voluntarios de Chile) and General Coordinator of…
September 02, 2020

NIGERIA: ‘The global anti-racist protests renewed the call for police accountability’

CIVICUS speaks to Nelson Olanipekun, a human rights lawyer and the founder and team lead of Citizens’ Gavel, a Nigerian civic tech organisation that…
September 01, 2020

POLAND: ‘We invented new forms of protest because we had to’

CIVICUS speaks to Klementyna Suchanow, an activist, author and researcher based in Warsaw, Poland, about the recent announcement by the Polish government that it…
August 27, 2020

HONG KONG: ‘The National Security Law infringes on freedom of expression and is intensifying self-censorship’

CIVICUS speaks with Patrick Poon, an independent human rights researcher, on the human rights situation in Hong Kong after a new National Security Law…
August 19, 2020

BURUNDI: ‘The election of new leaders is not synonymous with democracy’

CIVICUS speaks about the recent elections in Burundi with a civil society activist who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons. Presidential, parliamentary and…
August 18, 2020

SRI LANKA: ‘Media control gave the government a definite advantage’

CIVICUS speaks to Sandun Thudugala, Head of Programmes at the Law and Society Trust (LST), about the legislative elections held in Sri Lanka on…