Just four percent of people live in countries where space for civic activism - or civic space - is truly open
While civil society organizations and movements have effectively documented the global crackdown on civic freedoms, there is a pressing need to increase solidarity across diverse civil society sectors and harmonise strategies to reclaim civic space.
The Vuka! Coalition has emerged in response to the growing consensus that civil society needs greater coordination of efforts and to develop new forms of organising to fight back against the closing of civic space.
Vuka! has come together to help secure crucial short and long terms victories to regain civic space and incubate new forms of resistance and organization.
To fulfill its mission, Vuka! seeks to coordinate civil society responses to reclaim civic space and mobilize diverse civil society sectors through:
Increasing the effectiveness of citizen and civil society responses to the global crackdown on civic space through information sharing, coordination and joint action.
Increasing civil society’s resilience to attacks and threats by building solidarity across the sector.
Identifying, developing, and incubating creative approaches to human rights advocacy, new forms of resistance and organization.
The governing structure of the coalition consists of a 16-member Civil Society Steering Group which provides strategic guidance and oversight to Vuka! and 5 thematic actions teams:
Five Action Teams
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation - an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world - currently serves as the Vuka! Secretariat.
Join the movement!
If you are interested in joining forces to reclaim civic space, become a Vuka! Ally, please contact us directly using the information below.
Vuka! Secretariat contact information
Please send inquiries to: Tor Hodenfield: Vukasecretariat@civicus.org