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Local Democracy Talk: Morality Policies – 4 strategies to end discrimination locally
September 14 , kl. 10:00 – 11:30
Morality Policies – 4 strategies to end discrimination locally
Join us to explore 4 strategies for local governments to combat discriminatory policies and defend democracy! Discover how decentralization and strengthening local democracy can help resist autocratic tendencies in countries where democracy is retreating. Learn about tools and incentives that local governments can use to stand up against anti-rights policies and the role of morality in shaping their responses.
Co-organized by ICLD and DeLoG
Introduction by Johan Lilja, Secretary General, ICLD
Moderator: Helena Bjuremalm, Deputy Head of Democracy Unit, Sida
– Wawan Mas’udi, Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia, author of the research project Morality Policies and the Prospect for Inclusive Citizenship in Decentralized Indonesia
– Shora Esmailian, journalist, author and women’s rights activist from Iran/Sweden
– Carol Muga, Nairobi County Assembly, Kenya
– Julia Sällström and Diana Bogelund, Roma information- and Knowledge Center, Malmö City, Sweden
– Olga Ditsie, Mayor of Jwaneng Town, Botswana
– Sergeant Kgosietsile, HBTQ activist and former councilor in Gaborone, Botswana
Cases to be highlighted:
- Local politicians’ use of morality policies in Indonesia (presentation of new ICLD research)
- Protests against the morality police in Iran
- Child- and youth inclusion in Kenya
- LGBTQ advocacy and GBV in Gaborone, Botswana
- Discrimination of Roma communities in Sweden
Against the background of the video policy brief shown above, the panel will discuss the following questions:
– How can local governments respond to the rise of discriminatory policies?
– What are cases where they have spurred on this development and where they have reversed it?
– How can decentralization and strengthening local democracy help resist the autocratic trajectory of formerly/relatively democratic countries?
– What tools – or incentives – do local governments have to stand up against anti-rights policy (or not)?
About the format
Local Democracy Talks aim to create a constructive dialogue and exchange experiences among duty bearers such as politicians and civil servants and other stakeholders in local-level development cooperation. The concept of Local Democracy Talks is an effort to make democracy resilient, and to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.