Fight back! : youth civil society in endangered democracies
“Fight back! : youth civil society in endangered democracies” aims at addressing the worrying, recent trends of shrinking civic space in many European democracies and the various attacks by governments on civil society organisations (CSO). JEF strongly believes in the role of civil society as bridge-builder between the political decision-makers and the citizens. We advocate for the systematic involvement and consultation of CSO in decision-making procedures for the sake of healthy democracies. Civil society represents an essential channel for citizens to actively exercise their citizenship, to draw the attention of public authorities on specific issues and to autonomously conduct civic actions.
To summarize, the general aim of this work plan is to develop skills, knowledge and competences about the shrinking of civic space and about the means of resistance to attacks on civil society rights among participants and further through a large campaign and dissemination.
Specific objectives are:
to raise awareness on the situation of civic space and democracy in Europe
to develop knowledge, competences and skills to resist to attacks on civil society rights
to foster exchange of experiences, good practices and ideas in the context of endangered democracies between participants.
This work plan has been developed in a coherent manner, considering the past project and actions of JEF. For 8 consecutive years JEF Europe have organised the pan-European “Free Belarus Action” across Europe to condemn the last dictatorship in Europe. In 2014, JEF launched the Democracy under Pressure campaign to react in face of the rise of nationalism and extremist parties. Drawing on from these experiences and successes, we intend to further tackle these issues through our 2018 work plan.