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Elections and Democracy Programme activities

Athens Democracy Forum with our Head of EDP, Sebastian Brack

Our Head of Elections and Democracy Programme (EDP), Sebastian Brack, recently represented the Kofi Annan Foundation at The New York Times Athens Democracy Forum, moderating a panel discussion on ‘The Double Threat to European Democracy’.

Elhadj As Sy, Chair of the Foundation Board, and Fatima Zaman, a member of our Extremely Together initiative were also panellists at the Forum.

Upcoming EDP activities include:

  • our commitment to the elimination of violence against women in politics. A policy paper has been drafted by Carmen Alanís (former president of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch, Mexico), addressing violence against women in politics. This paper will be the basis for an event which we will organise to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.
  • our video on youth political participation and social media being launched as part of this year’s Geneva Peace Week, on 02 November. Half of the world’s population is younger than 30, yet only 6% of parliamentarians in the world are younger than 35. Over the next few months, we will be looking at youth political participation with a particular focus on the role of social media
  • our hybrid conference on democracy in East Africa – taking place in Nairobi on 19-20 November – which we are very excited about. This conference will highlight the challenges and opportunities of democracy in East Africa in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

These projects are being supported by – or undertaken in cooperation with – various partners including the UN Democracy Fund, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the National Democratic Institute, and International IDEA.