International Democracy Day 2022

15 September 2022  11:00 - 14:40

Virtual Event | Organised by Global Democracy Coalition | Held in Eastern Time (DC) in English
Defending against authoritarianism
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On International Democracy Day 2022, the Global Democracy Coalition will hold an event to celebrate democracy activism and democracy defenders of different kinds across varying contexts, and to discuss the most effective ways to support them, to advance and protect democracy worldwide, showcasing stories and examples from partner organizations in the Global Democracy Coalition and their democracy defenders grantees/partners. The event aims to show how the defense of democracy takes different shapes and forms across varying contexts but will also seek to tease out commonalities and prevalent challenges and strategies to learn from each other. The discussion will also provide inputs to democracy assistance organizations from the Global Democracy Coalition from the United States, Europe and Latin America so that they can more effectively support the efforts of different types of democracy defenders and also learn from each other.

This event will be held in hybrid format. For those that want to attend in person, the event will be held in the Open Government Hub (1100 13th Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC). For those that want to watch it online, the event will be livestreamed on YouTube. Kindly register for either attendance.



The programme will be the following:

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and registration

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Remarks by Kevin Casas Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA

9:15 – 10:30 Panel I: Democracy defenders in diverse contexts, moderated by Kyra Buchko, Co – Executive Director at PartnersGlobal

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 Panel II: Supporting Democracy Defenders, moderated by Annika Silva-Leander, Head of North America for International IDEA

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Panel III: The role of philanthropic organizations in protecting democracy, organized by the Global Democracy Coalition Partner DT Institute and moderated by Violet Tsagka, VP, Business Development & Communications and Co-Director of Research and Grants Division at DT Institute (TBC)