By Laura Brown, Movement and Network Capacity Manager at Womankind Worldwide
Last week I attended the International Civil Society Week (ICSW) conference in Belgrade hosted by CIVICUS. The conference was an opportunity for civil society organisations to discuss and generate solutions to the most pressing challenges affecting their ability to realise their human rights, sustain democratic values and achieve lasting impact.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘the power of togetherness’ and focused on people and organisations building alliances and working together to defend the spaces where civil society pushes for the rights and freedoms of all citizens. During the week, attendees highlighted particular rights and freedoms in need of defending, including the freedom of expression and the freedom of assembly and association.
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