International Civil Society Week in Belgrade

International Civil Society Week in Belgrade

International Civil Society Week 2019 (ICSW) was held in Belgrade from 8-12 April 2019. Events were co-organised by Civic Initiatives (member of Human Rights House Belgrade), CIVICUS: Civic Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Balkan Civil Society Development Network.

Around 800 participants from more than 100 countries attended this global gathering that every year takes place in a different region of the world. This year’s theme, “The Power of Togetherness”, set out to explore how people and organisations around the world can, and are, working together to enable and defend spaces for civic action in a world where global transformations are reshaping how civil society functions.

After a week of discussions and engaging and interactive sessions, ICSW 2019 closed with a Call to Action, Launching the global “Freedom Runner” campaign, more than 200 civil society leaders and human rights activists from some 100 countries took to the streets of Belgrade in solidarity with those whose basic freedoms are at risk.

Thumbnail photo: International Civil Society Week.

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