CIVICUS Voices

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CIVICUS is a global alliance of over 10,000 activists and civil society organisations, especially from the Global South, that exists to defend people power. Our podcast brings you stories of people, communities, and organisations defending human rights and fighting for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. As a human rights organisation, our activism focuses on human rights violations, civil liberties, and issues such as sustainability, safe protests, and good governance. Find out more on www.civicus.org or on social media under @CIVICUSAlliance.

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Young people: Loud & relentless
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There are over one billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 worldwide, but their voices are often left out in policy spaces and in decision-making. Youth-led movements are an important part of civil society, and key in motivating for change that will affect generations to come.

In this episode, Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, who is involved with HIVE Pakistan, describes how youth activism can flourish. Later, former student activist and Wits Fees Must Fall leader Busisiwe Catherine Seabe from South Africa shares her experiences being on the ground.

You can find CIVICUS online and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. CIVICUS Voices is hosted by Aarti Narsee and produced by Amal Atrakouti, Elna Schutz, Jamaine Krige, and the CIVICUS team.

Aug 10, 2022
Protests and repression: How does it work?
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Protesting is particularly difficult if you live in a country where your right to protest is limited in your actions and opinions. The authorities and governments of closed or repressed countries do everything in their power to curtail the right of its citizens to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly: internet shutdowns, restrictive legislation, violence, and unfair arrests. So how do people living in these repressed spaces go about mobilising and protesting?

In this episode, Nadim Nashif, the founder and executive director of 7amleh, the Arab Centre for Social Media Advancement, explains how Palestinians have developed creative forms of digital protests. 

Then, one of the organisers of the national strike in Colombia (el Paro Nacional), Sandra Sierra, shares her emotional and important experiences of protesting under pressure. 

You can access source material and full transcript of the episode on our website here. You can find CIVICUS online and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

CIVICUS Voices is hosted by  Aarti Narsee and produced by Amal Atrakouti, Elna Schutz, Jamaine Krige, and the CIVICUS team.

Jul 27, 2022
Protesting 101
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This second season of CIVICUS Voices focusses on the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly. We kick it off by discussing the basics of protesting: Protesting 101. Peaceful Assembly is an international fundamental right and it comes in many different forms that have evolved with time and technology. 

Luciana Pol, from the Center for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina, explains why this right is so important. 

Busisiwe Zasekhaya, the project coordinator at Right2Protest in South Africa describes the challenges protest-organisers face and how to overcome them. 

For an on-the-ground perspective, Abigail Freeman, the executive director of Alliance for Gender Justice and Human Rights, from Liberia shares her experience in organising protests. 

Head to the podcast webpage to navigate the resources and source material for this episode. You can find CIVICUS online and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

CIVICUS Voices is hosted by  Aarti Narsee and produced by Amal Atrakouti, Elna Schutz, Jamaine Krige, and the CIVICUS team. 

Jul 13, 2022
CIVICUS Voices Season 2 - Trailer
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We're back! Listen to the trailer of the second season of CIVICUS Voices, hosted by Aarti Narsee. This season will be focused on the right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly. Subscribe now to get notified every time a new episode is published.

Jul 06, 2022
A decade after the Arab Spring
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Over ten years ago, millions of people took to the streets in the Middle East and North Africa to demand justice, democracy and fundamental freedoms. This was an important moment for civil society, that has left a long and checkered legacy. 

We speak to Mozn Hassan, a human rights defender from Egypt,  who took part in the Egyptian revolution in 2011. She speaks to us about that time and how it has shaped the feminist movement. She is the founder of Nazra, a women’s rights organization, which is working to strengthen the Egyptian feminist movement and integrate feminism and gender awareness into politics and society. 

Next, we hear from Lilia Khazri,  a 21-year old social activist from Tunisia advocating gender equality, peacebuilding and youth empowerment. She is also a member of the CIVICUS Youth Action Team. She reflects on her current activism and the influence of the Arab Spring. 

The threats against activists continue till today. We talk to Sayed Yousif al-Muhafdha, is a Bahraini human rights defender, who lives in exile in Germany, about his arrest and detention, and how the trauma of the Arab Spring stays with him and his family. 

CIVICUS Voices is a podcast produced by CIVICUS and hosted by Aarti Narsee and Mawethu Nkosana. Our producer is Elna Schütz, and today’s content producers were Matthew Reading Smith, Silvia Puerto Aboy, and Samia Diri. 

Find out more on www.civicus.org or on social media under @CIVICUSAlliance.
Music in this podcast is One Night In Africa by John Bartmann under CC0 1.

Jun 29, 2021
What the fight for climate justice means now
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The Covid-19 pandemic halted a lot of activity, giving the environment a brief reprieve, but with governments opening up economies again, climate change activism is more important than ever.

We start the show by discussing these trends with Inés Pousadela, who worked on CIVICUS's recent  State of Civil Society Report. She explains how activists have become creative in their methods, but many still face lethal threats in their work. 
 
Hear what a day in their life sounds like for Perk Pomeyie, a youth environmental activist from bustling Ghana, who has mobilised young people for the Fridays for Future mobilisations. 

Later we speak to Munnira Katongole, a South African environmental activist fighting for social change and climate justice.  She speaks to the historical and intersectional nature of the climate justice fight, and how we are running out of time. 

We close the show by telling you how you can get practically involved in your community to make a difference.

CIVICUS Voices is a podcast produced by CIVICUS and hosted by Aarti Narsee and Mawethu Nkosana. Our producer is Elna Schütz, and today’s content producers were Nina Teggarty, Safia Khan and Maame Twum Barima.

Find out more on www.civicus.org or on social media under @CIVICUSAlliance.
Music in this podcast is One Night In Africa by John Bartmann under CC0 1.

Jun 15, 2021
How Covid-19 has impacted on civic space
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During the Covid-19 pandemic, civil society organisations took action as frontline responders, and as defenders of democracy, civic space and human rights. They often faced greater restrictions, sometimes under the guise of pandemic emergency response.  In this episode, we hear from activists and researchers about what this all means.

Debora Leao is a civic space researcher with the CIVICUS Monitor, an online research tool tracking civic freedoms. She describes some of the trends they have seen throughout the pandemic, including greater detention of activists and stricter government to protesters.

We hear from a voice on the ground in Fiji with feminist and human rights defender, Roshika Deo, as she gives us a glimpse into her daily work while the country is under harsh lockdown restrictions.

Later, Slovenian youth activist and the president of trade union Mladiplus, Tea Jarc, describes how they have used creative methods of political expression despite government pushback, including playing badminton in front of parliament.

We close the show by telling you how you can get practically involved through the CIVICUS #StandAsMyWitness campaign, which has successfully called for the release of 9 activists and Human Rights Defenders so far.

CIVICUS Voices is a podcast produced by CIVICUS and hosted by Aarti Narsee and Mawethu Nkosana. Our producer is Elna Schütz, and today’s content producers were Amal Atrakouti and Deborah Walter.

Find out more on www.civicus.org or on social media under @CIVICUSAlliance.
Music in this podcast is One Night In Africa by John Bartmann under CC0 1.

Jun 01, 2021
CIVICUS Voices – Trailer
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CIVICUS Voices is a brand new podcast from CIVICUS, a global alliance of over 10,000 activists and civil society organisations.

Aarti Narsee and Mawethu Nkosana will be bringing you stories from across the world of people, communities, and organisations defending human rights and working for change.

Subscribe to the podcast today on all podcast apps to receive the first episode soon.

 Find out more on www.civicus.org or on social media under @CIVICUSAlliance.
Music in this podcast is One Night In Africa by John Bartmann under CC0 1.

May 28, 2021