As discussed during the Summit for Democracy and Democracy Under Threat Coalition in March 2023, democracy is under threat. This is unfortunately our current reality across Europe, as well as the Netherlands. Democracy is about more than free and fair elections. It is also about restoring trust and protecting the space where people can have their voices heard and advocate for a better society.
At this edition of #DemocracyDrinks, we want to reflect on what we can do to protect our democracy, more specifically civic space. How can we build vibrant and open civic spaces to strengthen our democracies where we can make sure citizens can speak out, assemble and advocate?
The June edition of the #DemocacyDrinks offers a unique opportunity to hear a short assessment of the civic space in Europe and The Netherlands from our spotlight speakers:
- Marjolein Kuijers, Policy Officer Right to Protest, Amnesty International, The Netherlands.
- Aïcha Chaghouani, Relations and Advocacy Officer, Netherlands Helsinki Committee.
The event will be moderated by NHC Executive Director Kirsten Meijer.
Following this panel discussion, there will be ample time for a Q&A session, followed by time for an informal discussion, drinks, and networking.
What are #DemocracyDrinks?
DemocracyDrinks bring together democracy advocates, thinkers and enthusiasts to connect in an informal setting.
As a valuable opportunity for networking, the event will be all about making new contacts and catching up with people you know. You can test new ideas; plan common initiatives; and find moral support and inspiration.