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WikiRendum Official Blog: Women’s suffrage in 1971

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Switzerland, albeit one of the oldest and strongest democracies in Europe, did not give women the right to vote until 1971, making it the next to last European country to do so after Lichtenstein.

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Although it is clear that Switzerland, and certainly the rest of the world, has a long way to go in the realm of women’s rights and equality, the important thing to remember is to keep moving forward.

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WikiRendum Official Blog: Tahrir Square, a symbol of democracy

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Every revolution has its square, by definition a place for people to meet, no matter of their status, to discuss ideas and bring them into action. 
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From February 4, 2011, the word “Tahrir” means liberation. The scenes in Cairo inspired people around the world to make their voices heard, to take action, to initiate projects and support democracy.

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WikiRendum Blog: The Right to Occupy

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The protests that began on September 17, 2011 in New York City’s Zuccotti Park precipitated what many now refer to as the ‘Occupy Movement.' Whether it can be classified as an actual movement, or simply as a wave of transcontinental, multiday demonstrations, is still up for debate.

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The power and competence of social media outlets such asFacebook and Twitter created a snowball effect. The protests permeated dozens of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The strength of this ‘movement’ exemplifies the positive features of globalization, while, ironically, its purpose was to rally against the negative aspects—that is, the globalization of capital, and the inexorable inequality produced by such a phenomenon.

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WikiRendum Blog: Globalization and democracy: friends or foes?

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‘Globalization’ has become such an overused and misinterpreted word in our modern lexicon that its use is wavering on abuse. Nevertheless, the extent of its effects on society and on the international political community as a whole has yet to be fully realized.

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Isolationism is impossible today. Problems between two states can have dramatic repercussions on neighbouring regions and the entire world. Undeniably, democracy today involves the implementation of our civil rights in an intergovernmental context. Therefore, Held emphasizes that democracy must be sustained by transnational power structures, agencies and organizations.           

Keeping in mind that we must respect that democracy looks different from country to country, I think there is substance in Held’s reasoning. Globalization has presumably done democracy a favour by revitalizing it to thrive in a more integrated world. 

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WikiRendum Blog: How citizens make their voice heard in Europe

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The European Citizens’s Initiative (ECI) was launched by the European Commission on the symbolic date of 9 May 2012, Europe Day, under the motto “You can set the agenda!”. The first registered initiative were ”Fraternité 2020” on EU exchange programs, followed by ”Right2water” on affordable and non-privatized access to clean water and by ”One of Us” against the use of human embryos in research.

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How will EU citizens from seven different countries meet, talk and organise their initiative in time? Seeing the high barriers imposed by the ECI in terms of time, organisation, legal constraints, cross-language and country communications, one can’t help thinking whether citizens will be able to succeed in such an initiative without the support of multinational organizations? So why is the ECI imposing so many restrictions on citizens who want to make their voice heard? Is the Commission scared that too many initiatives would be created? Or is this tool a new way for lobbying organisations to exert power on the European Commission?

 

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Abdullah Öcalan: should he be free? - Wikirendum DEBATE

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Born on April 4, 1948, Abdullah Öcalan is an important figure of the Kurdish struggle and the Kurdish history. After studying political science at the University of Ankara, he became one of the founding members of the PKK in 1978 … Lire la suite
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His release is required by a large number of people, since he is seen as the key to the resolution of the Kurdish conflict and #peace among the peoples of #Turkey.

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WikiRendum Blog: Racing for one million signatures

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The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) is designed as a free tool for us to directly participate in the EU policy-making processes. If the Right2Waterinitiative's success in collecting almost 2 million signatures received the support of a powerful public service lobby organisation, representing more than 265 unions and 8 million public service workers, what happens with those initiatives that do not benefit of such support? How much investment, in terms of volunteer work, know-how, lobbying or travel costs does it requires in practice? We have interviewed a private initiative, Unconditional Basic Income, and wish to present their story.

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The UBI’s success will depend on public awareness and political support. To achieve this, the organizing committee is actively working on communications both towards citizens and politicians. 

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WikiRendum Blog: HIV/AIDS fight needs more democracy

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How much do we know about the relationship between HIV/AIDS and politics in developed and developing countries?

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In scaling-up the workplace response, the National Aids Council(NAC) is working in close collaboration with key players who include International Labour Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS), Public Service Commission, Ministry of Labour and Social Services, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Zimbabwe Business Council on AIDS (ZBCA)and relevant Civil Society Organizations.

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Internet va-t-il révolutionner nos pratiques politiques?

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Un nouvel outil démocratique: WikiRendum.
L'objectif: transformer la politique pour devenir plus ouverte, plus transparente et plus proche des citoyens.
La nouveauté: un dialogue constructif en lien avec l'action politique de terrain.
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Notre différence – un dialogue structuré et constructif
Le projet WikiRendum se distingue des plateformes existantes, telles que forums de discussions, sondages ou pétitions, car il est conçu pour répondre aux besoins des citoyens aussi bien que des politiciens, un élément clé pour permettre un dialogue constructif, en lien avec l’action politique sur le terrain et qui s’inscrit dans l’objectif de devenir le site de référence en matière de politique. 

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