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CIVICUS Voices is a podcast that brings you voices of people, communities, and organisations defending civil liberties and human rights.

Aarti Narsee and Mawethu Nkosana take you around the globe with stories of people fighting for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world. 

All Episodes

How COVID-19 has impacted civic space

During the COVID-19 pandemic, civil society organisations took action as frontline responders, and as defenders of democracy, civic space and human rights. They often faced greater restrictions, sometimes under the guise of pandemic emergency response. In this episode, we hear from activists and researchers about what this all means.

What the fight for climate justice means now

The Covid-19 pandemic halted a lot of activity, giving the environment a brief reprieve, but with governments opening up economies again, climate change activism is more important than ever.

A decade after the Arab Spring

Over ten years ago, millions of people took to the streets in the Middle East and North Africa to demand justice, democracy, and fundamental freedoms. This was an important moment for civil society, that has left a long and checkered legacy.

Meet the hosts

Aarti Narsee She/Her

Aarti is a South African feminist, writer, and journalist who documents human rights violations across the world in her role as civic space researcher for the CIVICUS Monitor. Aarti has written extensively about gender and LGBTQI+ rights and has worked for eNCA, BBC, Sunday Times. Follow Aarti on twitter: @ajnarsee.

Mawethu Nkosana They/Them

Mawethu is a multi-disciplinary queer artist, social rights activist and LGBTQI+ rights defender whose work intersects justice, healing and love. Currently acting as Crisis Response Fund Lead at CIVICUS and permanently the LGBTI+ Advocacy Lead. Mawethu’s work and bylines can be found on various local and international publications. Follow Mawethu Nkosana @mawethu_.

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