Take the democracy pledge

Dear Kevin,

From the United States to New Zealand our democracies will be put to the test nearly 60 times this year in presidential or parliamentary elections.

And each day our governments will be put to the test as they respond to a convergence of crises. The Covid-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, unregulated technology, inequality and the scale of corporate power have created an age of anger.

For the international trade union movement, democracy is in our DNA. But unless we use it and build trust in democracy – and transparent, accountable governments along with the rule of law – we put at risk the very foundation of our societies.

Take the democracy pledge.

Your voice matters. That’s the fundamental principle of democracy – we all have an equal say and an equal vote. Democracy only works for all of us when we’re active and engaged citizens.

That’s why in 2020 we’re starting a series of citizen conversations about democracy.  From looking at new ways to reframe government planning and reporting to campaigning for one person one vote elections in Somalia, we want to increase the number of people who feel that their voice matters and that governments are acting in their interests.

Let’s start right here, right now with your personal democracy pledge.

Sharan Burrow,

General Secretary, ITUC

P.S. Become a #democracydefender and share your personal democracy pledge on social media.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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