2019 CIVICUS World Alliance Global SPEAK! Campaign Champion Programme
Deadline: June 21, 2019.
Last year, CIVICUS’ global SPEAK! campaign took on the ambitious objective of connecting individuals and communities across lines of division. Together, we created opportunities for people to “speak with” one another, reversing the trend of increasing social and political polarisation.
Over 200 organisations from almost 50 countries took part and some of the results were truly extraordinary: urgent peace agreements signed, old prejudices confronted, new relationships established.
This year, SPEAK! will culminate in 24 hours of global action from 20-21 September and, in an exciting development, we are looking for Regional Champions to help bring the campaign to life!
1. SPEAK! Champions will lead the campaign in their communities, engaging at least 3 other organisations to hold events or collaborate on a joint event. They will also be the key point of contact with the SPEAK! global coordination team.
2. The whole purpose of SPEAK! events is to bring together people who don’t normally talk to each other and create space for meaningful dialogue, mutual understanding and shared solutions. For example, organisers could invite ordinary citizens and elected officials, communities currently in conflict, or people with opposing views on contentious issues.
3. Being a SPEAK! Champion comes with a unique opportunity to receive one-on-one support to increase your organisation’s effectiveness and campaign assessment skills, as well as to broaden your network within and beyond civil society! Champions will also increase visibility of their work by being officially recognisedon the SPEAK! website, CIVICUS’ social media channels, and in the final 2019 campaign report.