Democracy is under pressure worldwide. The right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and forming associations is violated to such an extent that only 3 percent of the world’s population today lives in societies where they can fully participate in democracy. It is a threat to free civic space.
Global Focus works to ensure that Danish civil society organisations take the lead in creating responses to this current negative development. We do this through joint national and international advocacy and lobbying, collecting and sharing knowledge, which forms the basis for joint capacity building and experience exchange. Together with our members, we support global alliances, national platforms, and new forms of organisation and mobilisation. We work purposefully to create meaningful inclusion of civil society in the UN.
At the same time, we develop and manage funding mechanisms for civil society organisations and rights defenders who experience crackdowns.
Threats against civic space not only take place in physical spaces but also in online digital spaces. Therefore we also focus on civic space online.
Read more and find out how your organisation can be involved in our current working groups and initiatives within the Civic Space below.
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The Civic Space working group works to ensure that Denmark is at the forefront of the fight to protect civic space, right defenders, and create responses to the current worldwide restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, and association, and the shrinking of civic space.
Read more and join the working group here.
TECH FOR DEMOCRACY
Technology and digitalisation can promote democracy and public participation; however, the same digital tools can be misused to undermine democracy, human rights, and civic space. The multistakeholder partnership Tech for Democracy aims to counteract these challenges and threats.
Learn more and join our Tech for Democracy work.
Building Responses together
Building Responses Together is an international network of rapid response mechanisms coordinated by Global Focus. Learn more.
UNmute Civil Society is a worldwide initiative and ongoing campaign that strives to enable meaningful participation of civil society in the United Nations, both in-person and virtually.